So far the Rockets are not shedding All-Stars. In fact, they have added one.
Despite rumors of discontent from Russell Westbrook and James Harden, the duo is still in Houston and now DeMarcus Cousins is joining them on a one-year deal, ESPN reported.
“Grateful for the opportunity and excited for what’s ahead,” Cousins said.
The 30-year-old Cousins is a four-time All-Star who has averaged a career double-double of 21.2 points and 10.9 rebounds. But his career has been interrupted by two serious injuries. In February of 2018, he tore his Achilles tendon while playing for the Pelicans. Last year, he tore his ACL and didn’t appear in a single game for the Lakers. He’s appeared in just 78 games over the last three years.
Cousins is one of two big men the Rockets have added, joining former Pistons forward Christian Wood, who is coming off a breakout season. It remains uncertain if Harden and Westbrook will be around once the season begins on Dec. 22. If they are, they will have a lot more help in the paint.