The Houston Rockets have released DeMarcus Cousins one week after guaranteeing his contract.
Houston fully guaranteed his $2.3 million salary for the remainder of 2021, but they surprisingly cut the big man on Tuesday.
NBC reported that the team wants to go “smaller and faster” in the frontcourt, and the return of Christian Wood soon would cut his minutes anyway.
Cousins has been decent offensively for the team, but he’s lackadaisical defensively particularly in pick and roll situations.
The 30-year-old may or may not see much interest as a free agent, especially since he’s had major ACL and Achilles injuries in the recent past.
Cousins played just 48 games in 2018 with the Pelicans before suffering an Achilles tear, only 30 games in 2019 with the Warriors, and he missed the entire last season with an ACL injury.
He played in 25 games this season, and averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds on a horrific 37.6% shooting in 20.2 minutes per game.
- Christian McCaffrey added to the injury report Thursday
- Jerry Jeudy considered day-to-day
- Mike Trout out Monday against Seattle