It is confirmed now, Houston Rockets are releasing DeMarcus Cousins. There has been a rumor over the last week about his release. After last week’s reports on different news, that suggest that Rockets and Cousins two sides would be parting ways. And, finally, the rumor comes true on Tuesday, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
DeMarcus Cousins joined Houston Rockets last year, and he is in his tenure with the Houston Rockets, considered as one of the worst players in the NBA during this season. Through the 11 games, he averaged 6.1 points on 26.3 percent shooting. But, in late January, the former All-Star began to shine through. However, in his last 14 games, he scored 12.4 points on average with 44.6 percent shooting. Further, in his last game with Rocket, he ensured 19 points for Huston, eight rebounds, and four assists.
Now the big man is free to find his next home. “This allows the four-time All-Star to find a team elsewhere and garner interest on the open market.”- Shams Charania wrote on Twitter.
However, he is still worthy as a highly flawed defensive playmaker with extremely limited mobility. But, his shot selection is still questionable, which makes him one of the NBA’s greatest injury risks.
He may not be the superstar like before, but with the right teammates, he can still be a productive NBA player. So, there is going to be some competition in the market to grab him. Being said that, after analyzing this year’s performance of several top teams, I can see the following five teams as the most logical destinations for Cousins as these teams had the possible open spots.
Los Angeles Lakers, Portland Trail Blazers, Toronto Raptors, Golden State Warriors, and New York Knicks.
One day left to grab DeMarcus Cousins
Tuesday is the first day to sign players to 10-day contracts, and all the non-guaranteed signups will become guaranteed on Wednesday at 5 p.m. eastern time. So, the eligible teams will have to take the decision by tomorrow. ESPN NBA Front Office Insider Bobby Marks made a list of the open spots.
Teams are now permitted to sign a player to a 10-Day Contract.
Available roster spots (as of 2/23):
Cap and tax hit is $110,998
— Bobby Marks (@BobbyMarks42) February 23, 2021