DeMarcus Cousins will soon be a free agent as the Houston Rockets prepare to relinquish center on Tuesday.
Cousins is Houston’s main rebounder (7.6 per game) and is averaging a career low of 9.6 points.
The Rockets intend to return to a “ little ball ” roster with Christian Wood returning from an ankle injury. Houston is believed to be responsible for only $ 1.66 million of Cousins’ salary.
The Los Angeles Lakers are believed to be interested in a reunion with Cousins after quinn Cook was waived.
Cousins, 30, was once an elite big man and averaged over 20 points per game in five consecutive seasons while playing for the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. He was an All-Star in four of those campaigns.
But he suffered a ripped Achilles in January 2018 during his full season with the Pelicans and never regained his form. He also suffered a ripped quadriceps in the 2019 playoffs while working for the Golden State Warriors.
After signing with the Lakers in July 2019, Cousins tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the entire 2019-20 season. Cousins has career averages of 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds since being Sacramento’s first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Wood has missed the last eight games and the Rockets have lost all of them.
Cuban dampens Porzingis’ commercial discourse
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban has dismissed rumors that big man Kristaps Porzingis is in the business.
Responding to multiple reports that Dallas felt like possible business partners, Cuban categorically rejected the Dallas Morning News Tuesday.
“This is not correct,” he said. “We didn’t discuss him in an exchange at all. That didn’t happen.”
Porzingis, 25, is averaging 20.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in 17 games this season. He was inactive for Monday night’s 102-92 win over the Memphis Grizzlies due to stiff back.
The Mavericks are 8-9 with Porzingis in the starting lineup and 6-6 without him.
Porzingis missed training camp following right knee meniscus surgery in October and has had to fight his way this season.
He was on the All-Star squad with the Knicks in 2017-18 and has a career average of 18.6 points and 7.7 rebounds in 260 games (259 starts) with New York (2015-18) and Dallas.