Red Nation is definitely doing a little boogie after this move.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Rockets have signed former All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to a non-guaranteed contract.
Cousins is signing a new deal with the Rockets, sources said. https://t.co/LUCaKrWwcj— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 23, 2020
The deal is for one season and is non-guaranteed, which does not come as a shock.
Injuries are no stranger to Cousins, who tore his Achilles in 2018 with the Pelicans, tore his quad in the 2019 Playoffs with the Warriors and tore his ACL during the 2019-20 offseason after signing with the Lakers.
However, Chris Haynes from Yahoo! Sports says that Cousins is as “hungry as ever” and that his health concerns are a thing of the past.
Yahoo Sources: Former All-Star DeMarcus Cousins worked out for the Houston Rockets today and impressed the organization, quelling any health concerns. He’s as hungry as ever.— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) November 23, 2020
Cousins last played in the NBA in the 2019 Finals as the sixth man for the Warriors.
He spent last season in street clothes on the Lakers bench recovering from the torn ACL, but was waived by the team in February after the team signed Markieff Morris in the buyout market.
With this move, the Rockets now have depth at the center position behind their prized free agent signee Christian Wood.
By signing Cousins, the Rockets are also showing a commitment to contending after reports have shown the Rockets might be opposed to continue contending. Cousins has opted to sign with a title favorite the past two offseasons. Despite playing for the Western Conference champions in each of the past two seasons, Cousins is still coveting a championship, one that hopefully he can win as a member of the Rockets.