Rockets’ DeMarcus Cousins opens up on John Wall reunion after Wizards trade
Cousins signed with the Rockets in free agency after missing the entire 2019-20 season recovering from his ACL tear. Wall, who played with Boogie at Kentucky, was acquired by Houston from the Washington Wizards in the Russell Westbrook trade.
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John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins always dreamed about playing with each other on the Wizards. It’s pretty crazy that they are teaming up on the Rockets instead.
While Houston is still dealing with James Harden’s reported trade request, it appears The Beard is going to start the season on the Rockets. On paper, the team has a nice Big 3 in Harden, Wall and Cousins, as well as solid role players in Eric Gordon, Christian Wood and Danuel House Jr.
The Rockets lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the second round of the 2020 playoffs in five games. Houston is hoping Wall and Harden can co-exist in the backcourt and Cousins can stay healthy.
With the Wizards in 2018-19, Wall averaged 20.7 points and 8.7 assists per game. He played in 32 games and then underwent heel surgery. The former No. 1 overall pick then tore his Achilles tendon after falling at his house, which is why he sat out the 2019-20 campaign.
As for Cousins, he’s been through a lot since the 2017-18 season. He tore his Achilles with the New Orleans Pelicans, injured his quad with the Golden State Warriors and then tore his ACL during a pick-up game in the summer of 2019 after signing with the Lakers.