In a recent column, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel’s Ira Winderman mentioned that the Miami Heat could sign Cousins for a playoff run. But he noted that the Heat would have to cut a player — Udonis Haslem, Solomon Hill or Chris Silva — to do it.
Back in the pre-coronavirus time — Feb. 21, 2020 — the Los Angeles Lakers waived Cousins to make room for Markieff Morris. During the All-Star Weekend just a week prior, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said that Cousins was “on track” for a return during the playoffs. And now the playoffs will start later than they ever have before.
We still need to figure out if Cousins is ready and able to return for a playoff run, or if he’d rather prepare for the 2020-21 season scheduled to start Dec. 1. And if the Heat will even consider this addition, they’ll waive Hill.
Shouts to UD, who turns 40 years old today — the Heat won’t waive him. And Chris Silva just signed a three-year deal with Miami in January. Though he’s lost his spot in the rotation, the Heat probably still hope to develop Silva into a rotation-quality player.
That leaves Hill, who joined Andre Iguodala and Jae Crowder in the Feb. trade. Aside from Iggy and Crowder, Hill also is behind Jimmy Butler and Derrick Jones Jr. in the rotation. He’ll also become a free agent once the off-season begins and is not likely to return.
My guess? Cousins will decide to continue rehabbing until next season, and we’ll have another round of Boogie-to-Miami rumors soon enough.