After a brief union between the Houston Rockets and DeMarcus Cousins, both sides appear to be headed for divorce, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The Rockets were rolling the dice when they signed Cousins, as he missed the entire 2019-20 season due to a torn ACL.
Cousins’ brief stint in Houston was filled with ups-and-downs, as he didn’t appear to be an exact fit in Houston, but played well enough to create a market for himself, racking up 11 starts and posting averages of 13.7 points, 10.9 rebounds, and 3.3 assists, while making 37.1 percent of his threes in such games. This put an end to the questions about whether Cousins had anything to offer after his injuries and proved that he still has value.
For this reason, it should come as no surprise that the team is parting ways with the former All-NBA center, as the only reason he was available for the Rockets is because of said injury concerns. Now that Cousins is fully healthy and playing fairly well, other teams surely have interest and could use Cousins’ contributions.
Although many have assumed that Cousins will be released, Houston Rockets beat writer Jonathan Feigen reported that the Rockets could potentially trade him also. Feigen stated:
“The Rockets and center DeMarcus Cousins have discussed options including trades and a waiver that would help him with his rebooted career.”
Cousins would seem to want to go to a contender, considering his improved play this season, and several teams could use him. Let’s take a look at two potential trades for Cousins.
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