This past offseason, one of the under-the-radar signings that nobody talked about much was DeMarcus Cousins signing with the Houston Rockets. The former NBA All-Star center has suffered some major injuries over the years and is not the same player he once was as a result.
The Rockets gave him a shot to be their back-up center and they have utilized him over the weeks due to Christian Wood being out with an ankle sprain. Just the other day though, the Rockets announced that the organization and Cousins will be parting ways due to Houstons wanting to get “younger and smaller” according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.
With Christian Wood soon returning from injury, we can expect the Rockets to release Cousins within the next week, making him a highly targeted veteran player that numerous championship caliber teams will be looking to sign. So far this year in 25 appearances, Cousins is averaging 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists and is shooting 37.6% from the floor, 33.6% from three-point range.
The veteran big man is now 30-years old and while he is not the high impact player he once was, he is definitely going to make an impact off-the-bench with any team he signs with. He may not be able to play at an All-Star level anymore, but talent and mindset does not disappear and Cousins was one of the best centers in the league prior to his slew of injuries.
DeMarcus Cousins will have the ability to sign with any team that he would like once he becomes a free agent, but at this point in his career, it is safe to say that a playoff contender is going to wind up signing him. With that said, let’s take a look at the four most ideal landing spots for DeMarcus Cousins to consider as he prepares to become a free agent in the coming days.