Rockets to release DeMarcus Cousins

Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins. takes a breather vs. the Bulls. (rockets.com)

The Houston Rockets have decided to waive veteran center DeMarcus Cousins, according to a report from Shams Charania of The Athletic.

“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 averageĀ 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.

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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