The Houston Rockets are on the point of releasing centre DeMarcus Cousins on Tuesday following a mutual decision was made between the group and the huge person to part ways, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Cousins, whose behaviors minimum salary of $2.3 million has been ensured by the Rockets a week as a token of appreciation, will research interest from other teams.
Cousins, 30, a four-time All-Star trying to resuscitate his career following a series of severe injuries, averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds while shooting just 37.6percent from the floor in 25 games with the Rockets.
Sources said Cousins wasn’t pleased with his position as a backup centre supporting Christian Wood, needing more playing time. Softball trainer Stephen Silas didn’t look at playing Wood and Cousins collectively, as he would like to utilize Wood solely as a centre.
The Rockets have dropped their previous eight matches following Wood, Houston’s top scorer and rebounder, went down with a sprained ankle. Cousins, whose defensive limits were a problem, averaged 12.1 points and 9.0 rebounds throughout the stretch before sitting out Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls because of a heel injury.
Cousins has bounced around the league the last couple of seasons after rupturing his Achilles tendon during the 2017-18 time while using the New Orleans Pelicans. Cousins combined the Los Angeles Lakers for its 2019-20 effort but tore his ACL before suiting up to the group.
He’s averaged 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds for his career since being hammered from the Sacramento Kings together with the No. 5 pick from the 2010 draft.
The Athletic earliest reported information of Cousins’ forthcoming release.