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Report: DeMarcus Cousins’ contract guaranteed by Rockets

DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Rockets

The Houston Rockets are guaranteeing DeMarcus Cousins’ $2.3 million contract for the remainder of the 2020-21 season, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The Rockets had until Feb. 27 to make this season.

Cousins signed with Houston mostly because, as he would later admit, it afforded him the opportunity to play with John Wall, whom he shared the court with at Kentucky.

The four-time All-Star has seen pretty heavy minutes thus far. Cousins has started in 11 of his 25 appearances, averaging 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest. Cousins is shooting just 37.6 percent from the floor, but he has been a fairly steadying presence inside.

This has to feel good for DeMarcus Cousins. He has been through the ringer in recent seasons, with injuries wrecking the better part of the last two years. Cousins is a former All-NBA player. He was supposed to be up next in terms of elite big men. But those injuries had a major impact in putting his career on the back burner, so to speak.

Still, the 30-year-old has intrinsic value to this Rockets team. Cousins embraced his role as a mentor for Christian Wood early in the season. That mindset seemed to pay major dividends, given Wood was easily on his way to Most Improved Player candidacy before suffering an ankle injury on Feb. 4. Cousins also tried to bring the team together in the midst of the James Harden trade saga.

The veteran should start in place of Wood until he returns, and DeMarcus Cousins can also rest easier with his contract now guaranteed.