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Shams Charania of The Athletic reports free agent C DeMarcus Cousins is nearing a deal with the Houston Rockets.
"Boogie" missed the entire 2019-20 season after tearing his ACL during an offseason workout. He also tore his Achilles back in 2018 so it's unclear how much he has left in the tank. Of course, the 30-year-old's name value is giving him another chance in Houston.
C DeMarcus Cousins (knee) has not ruled out signing with a team and playing in Orlando, per his agent Jeff Schwartz.
It was reported that Cousins would focus on rehabbing his torn left ACL and sit out the remainder of the 2019-20 season. He was waived by the Lakers in February and has focused on returning at 100 percent for the 2020-21 campaign. With the conflicted reports, he has not ruled out signing with a franchise and playing in Orlando. If a team does sign Cousins for the remainder of the season, expect the 29-year old to be on a minutes restriction. He averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.4 blocks across 30 games for the Warriors in the 2018-19 season.
The Miami Heat and Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly going to make a hard push to sign free agent center DeMarcus Cousins for a playoff run.
Cousins was released by the Lakers back in February. He has not played all season due to a torn ACL he suffered last offseason. The Heat have the cap space to sign Cousins but must cut either Udonis Haslem, Solomon Hill, or Chris Silva. There have also been rumors swirling around the league that LeBron James would love for the Lakers to bring back Cousins for the playoffs. Last season, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 1.3 steals a game for the Golden State Warriors. The center would be a great addition to either team and could be the final piece for a championship run. Cousins will first have to demonstrate he’s healthy and ready to play, as he was not ready in February. Stay tuned to monitor where he lands.
DeMarcus Cousins (knee) was waived by the Lakers on Friday to make room for newly acquired Markieff Morris.
It was reported that Cousins wasn’t close to returning and needed more time to rehab his torn ACL. The Lakers recently acquired Markieff Morris, which made Cousins expendable. Boogie will continue to rehab from his torn ACL as he hopes to latch onto another team for the 2020-2021 season.
DeMarcus Cousins is not close to returning this season or postseason, according to recent comments from head coach Frank Vogel.
When asked about Cousins' shot at a potential playoff run, Vogel noted, "It’s a big challenge. It’s not ideal. That’s why we’re keeping expectations tempered. Not ruling it out." Cousins hasn't played a game in purple and gold this season after an ACL tear in his left knee and subsequent surgery last August. The door is still open for Boogie to make a postseason appearance, though the chances of that happening appear to be slim.