Sources – Houston Rockets forego DeMarcus cousins

Sources - Houston Rockets forego DeMarcus cousins

The Houston Rockets are about to release the DeMarcus Cousins ​​center Tuesday after the team and the big man jointly decided to split up, sources confirmed to ESPN.

Cousins ​​whose minimum veteran salary of $ 2.3 million was guaranteed by the Rockets as a thank you last week will investigate other teams’ interests.

The 30-year-old cousin, a four-time All-Star who attempted to revive his career after a series of serious injuries, averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds, while he was only 37.6% in 25 games with the Rockets shot off the ground.

Sources said cousins ​​weren’t happy with his role as the backup center behind Christian Wood and wanted more game time. Rockets trainer Stephen Silas has not considered playing Wood and Cousins ​​together as he wants to use Wood solely as a center.

The Rockets have lost their last eight games after Wood, Houston’s top scorer and rebounder, went down with a sprained right ankle. Cousins, whose defensive limitations were an issue, averaged 12.1 points and 9.0 rebounds along the route before losing to the Chicago Bulls with a heel injury on Monday.

Cousins ​​have been walking up and down the league for the past few seasons after breaking their Achilles tendon with the New Orleans Pelicans in the 2017/18 season. He then signed with the Golden State Warriors, but tore his quadriceps in the 2018-19 season. Cousins ​​joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2019-20 campaign but tore up his ACL before ever qualifying for the team.

Since he was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the No. 5 in the 2010 draft, he has averaged 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds for his career.

The Athletic first reported on the imminent release of cousins.

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