The Los Angeles Lakers released DeMarcus Cousins in January after it became clear that the big man's injury will not heal in time. There were talks of Boogie coming back to L.A. next season but it's no longer happening. When the NBA returns, Cousins will start campaigning with the Houston Rockets.
The deal between Houston and Cousins was first sounded off by NBA insider Shams Charania and sure enough, an agreement was arrived at as the free agency dealings in the league continue.
Like his previous dealings with the Golden State Warriors and the Lakers, Boogie will play for the Rockets for one season and his performance will dictate the terms of his next contract, which hopefully will still be with the same team.
The acquisition made by Houston is seen as the team building up to continue on their title run in 2021. Cousins is coming in as the Rockets were rocked by the trade requests made by James Harden and Russell Westbrook, the organization's two superstars.
Fadeaway World said the addition of Cousins to the Rockets roster is certainly an upgrade, and the center will surely boost the team if he manages to stay healthy and contribute to the cause. It seemed remote at this time but the hiring could possibly convince both Harden and Westbrook that there is a compelling reason to remain in Houston.
And having Cousins around is potentially a huge push for the Rockets. When Boogie is in his best form, he is a factor for success as evidenced by his NBA stats so far, which showed a scoring average of more than 21 points per game and over 10 rebounds.
Cousins can also spot an open man as his assist efforts showed conversions of at least 3.2 in each game. The resume is nothing short of impressive, especially for a center that is Cousins.
In Cousins, the Rockets have a player that was once dubbed as a superstar in the making. Clutch Points said the 30-year-old was on his way to join the NBA's greats but the string of injuries in the past years put a halt on his momentum.
The last sterling performance from Cousins was when he was still with New Orleans and insiders were saying he did impress again working out with Houston. If an injury will no longer plague Boogie in the months, he has a shot at proving that he remains a winner and deserves a spot with a champion team.
Silver Screen & Roll said Cousins was lined up for another go at Los Angeles, given that the team is on the hunt for a center for the title defense next year. But it can only be assumed that the Lakers passed up with a better knowledge of Boogie's health status, which hopefully will remain in top condition while working with Houston.