“This allows the four-time All-Star to find a team elsewhere and garner interest on the open market,” Charania noted.
Cousins’ contract of $2.3 million became guaranteed for the season last week. He has been linked to the Los Angeles Lakers and several others.
Cousins, 30, hasn’t been the same since two major leg injuries. Still, the Rockets praised his professionalism and he managed to average 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 20.2 minutes per game.
Cousins was selected No. 5 overall by the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA Draft. He has also spent time with the Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors.