DeMarcus Cousins to be released by Rockets, per report; Lakers among potential landing spots for big man

DeMarcus Cousins to be released by Rockets, per report; Lakers among potential landing spots for big man

DeMarcus Cousins was, at least early in his tenure with the Houston Rockets, one of the worst players in the NBA. Through 11 games, he averaged 6.1 points on 26.3 percent shooting. But in late January, glimpses of the former All-Star began to shine through. In his last 14 games, he's up to 12.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting, and in his final outing as a Rocket, he gave Houston 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists. Now, the big man is getting released by Houston, per The Athletic's Shams Charania, allowing the former All-Star to latch on with another team, possibly a contender. He is still a highly flawed defensive player with extremely limited mobility. His shot-selection is questionable to say the least, and he's one of the NBA's greatest injury risks. His superstar upside, in all likelihood, is gone. But in a very specific sort of role with the right teammates, Cousins can still be a moderately productive NBA player, and moderately productive NBA players rarely hit the market in February. Cousins may not have star upside, but …
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