The Houston Rockets announced yesterday that they’re waiving DeMarcus Cousins, but the Lakers are reportedly not interested in him.
DeMarcus Cousins was picked up by Houston in a bid to beef up their big man rotation. They also signed Christian Woods to a guaranteed 3-year deal.
While Wood had an instant impact on the team on both ends, Cousins has been on and off so far. Boogie got the opportunity to have a go at the starting role after Wood got injured, but without much success. The Rockets have put an end to this failed experiment by waiving the 30-year-old.
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Lakers are out of the race for DeMarcus Cousins
The Lakers were reportedly looking for a big man, having waived Quinn Cook. Despite losing Anthony Davis to a calf injury for over a month, the Lakers are not in the market for Cousins, according to LA Times:
“There are no immediate plans to fill Cook’s roster spot, and multiple people with knowledge of the situation said they don’t expect the Lakers to reunite with Houston center DeMarcus Cousins if he becomes available as expected,” Woike and Turner wrote.
“The team will, however, monitor the buyout and trade markets for potential additions to their frontcourt.”
LeBron James will likely want to add a more athletic center with better defensive skills rather than a ground-bound player like Cousins.