Houston Rockets rumors: Team signing DeMarcus Cousins
It appears that new Rockets general manager Rafael Stone is going away from the MO of the man who held his position up until last month, Daryl Morey.
Houston already signed young big man Christian Wood to a three-year, $41 million contract earlier in free agency. It has also now added former All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the mix on a one-year contract.
This seems to be nothing more than a prove-it deal after Cousins missed all of last season with the Los Angeles Lakers due to a torn ACL. All said, the 30-year-old Cousins has seen a one-promising career take a turn due to injuries. It was back in 2017-18 that he suffered a torn Achilles as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans. All said, Cousins has played in a grand total of 78 games (less than one full season) since the end of the 2016-17 campaign.
The hope for Houston is that Cousins can at least regain some of what we saw during his brief stint as a member of the Golden State Warriors in 2018-19. That season saw him average 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. At the very least, it’s now known that the Rockets are not avoiding centers like the plague.
Updated: Nov. 23, 6:00 PM EST
Houston Rockets rumors will continue to fly around the NBA water cooler at a near never-ending clip until the James Harden and Russell Westbrook situations are resolved. Both apparently want to be traded.
While Harden would net the Houston Rockets a ton in return, interest in Westbrook and his bloated contract just isn’t there right now. This could force the Rockets to take on a bad contract if they want to get any type of valuable compensation in return.
There’s no worst contract in today’s NBA than that of John Wall’s deal with the Washington Wizards. Match made in heaven?
Houston Rockets rumors: Team talking Russell Westbrook, John Wall trade with Wizards
This would be almost too good to be true. We’re talking north of $278 million potentially changing hands in what would be among the most financially-significant trades in professional sports history.
But as noted in the report, Houston rightfully wants more assets if it is going to move Westbrook. Sure his combined cap hit of $132-plus million over the next three seasons is questionable. With that said, the 32-year-old Westbrook has proven to be among the most durable players in the NBA.
The same thing can’t be said for Wall. He’s played in a total of 73 games since the end of the 2016-17 season and is coming off a torn Achilles. He’s currently playing under a four-year, $171.1 million deal. Ouch!
It will be interesting to see if anything comes to fruition on this end moving forward. Washington would have to sweeten the pot a great deal if a trade were to happen. That could very well include the Wizards offering up the ninth pick in Wednesday’s draft for the 16th selection, which Houston acquired in the Robert Covington trade earlier this week.
Either way, times are changing in Houston following the departures of head coach Mike D’Antoni and general manager Daryl Morey. Whether that means the team blows it up remains to be seen.
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