The transfer got here after a mutual resolution was made between the group and the massive man to half methods, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Cousins, whose veterans minimal wage of $2.three million was assured the Rockets final week as a token of gratitude, will discover curiosity from different groups.
Cousins, 30, a four-time All-Star making an attempt to resuscitate his profession after a sequence of great accidents, averaged 9.6 factors and seven.6 rebounds whereas taking pictures solely 37.6% from the ground in 25 video games with the Rockets.
Sources stated Cousins was not joyful together with his position as a backup heart behind Christian Wooden, wanting extra enjoying time. Rockets coach Stephen Silas didn’t take into account enjoying Wooden and Cousins collectively, as he needs to make use of Wooden solely as a middle.
The Rockets have misplaced their previous eight video games after Wooden, Houston’s main scorer and rebounder, went down with a sprained proper ankle. Cousins, whose defensive limitations have been a difficulty, averaged 12.1 factors and 9.zero rebounds throughout the stretch earlier than sitting out Monday’s loss to the Chicago Bulls because of a heel damage.
Cousins has bounced across the league the previous few seasons after rupturing his Achilles tendon throughout the 2017-18 season whereas with the New Orleans Pelicans. He then signed with the Golden State Warriors however tore his quadriceps muscle within the 2018-19 season. Cousins joined the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2019-20 marketing campaign however tore his ACL earlier than ever suiting up for the group.
He has averaged 20.eight factors and 10.7 rebounds for his profession since being drafted the Sacramento Kings with the No. 5 choose within the 2010 draft.