Boogie is officially looking to join a contender.
After numerous reports confirmed that the Houston Rockets were planning to release former Kentucky star DeMarcus Cousins this past weekend, the franchise made the move official Tuesday morning.
Shams Charania of The Athletic was the first to break the news.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 23, 2021
Back on Feb. 20, Charania reported that the Rockets were planning to part ways with Cousins “in the coming days,” adding that the franchise was looking to “go smaller, younger in (the) frontcourt when Christian Wood returns (from injury).” At the same time, Houston wants to allow Cousins to find an opportunity to sign with a contender for the remainder of the season while the team begins its rebuild.
The Rockets previously guaranteed Cousins’ $2.3 million salary for the rest of the season, a tip of the cap to his professionalism and positive locker room impact in his short time in Houston.
Through 25 games this season, the former Wildcat has averaged 9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds this season.
Over the course of his 10-year career in the NBA, Cousins has averaged 20.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest, earning four All-Star appearances, two All-NBA bids, and making the All-Rookie First Team in 2011.