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.