There were a number of teams who had a "No Cousins" policy before DeMarcus Cousins tore his Achilles and he approached free agency.
The number of teams reluctant to pursue Cousins increased with his injury.
The New Orleans Pelicans could have outbid the Golden State Warriors offer of $5.3 million for one season, but either didn't do so or made an offer that was far less than he was expecting and was turned off in the process.
In May, the Pelicans were already exploring the idea of offering Cousins a two-year deal at well below the max.
Sign-and-trade deals would have been difficult for Cousins as well since they require at least three seasons. Cousins can now become a free agent in 2019 when more teams have cap space and he has a chance to prove he can return to his pre-injury form.
Sources say Cousins were pitching teams on one-year, $15 million deals while other teams were getting pitched on lesser deals.
Cousins told Marc Spears of The Undefeated that he had no offers as of Monday morning and instructed his agent to start calling teams, including the Warriors.
Sources say Cousins may not play in an actual game until around Christmas.