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DeMarcus Cousins slams rumor he’s unhappy as a backup to Christian Wood

Rockets, DeMarcus Cousins, Christian Wood

DeMarcus Cousins was recently waived by the Houston Rockets, a clear signal that the team is looking to make Christian Wood their prime big man. A certain report noted that one of the main reasons for Cousins’ departure is his unhappiness as a backup center to Wood. Cousins slammed such rumors with a few choice words.

Cousins denied the report by Tim MacMahon of ESPN claiming he didn’t like playing second fiddle to Wood (via Rockets reporter Adam Abramson).

The 25-year-old Wood has been one of the more interesting narratives of the NBA season. The undrafted big man is currently averaging 22.0 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks, all of which are career-highs. Prior to this season, he jumped from team to team and never really saw consistent playing time. Wood put up decent numbers with the Detroit Pistons last season but upon donning the Rockets jersey, the 6’10” slotman started turning heads with his performances.

Cousins, meanwhile, seemed to have been slowly resurrecting his career that was derailed by a series of serious leg injuries over the last two years. He’s been putting up 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game for the Rockets. But reports have said the  squad is looking for more mobility in the frontcourt, as well as greater longevity. Wood seems to have checked the two pre-requisites.

If rumors are to be believed, DeMarcus Cousins has nothing to worry about. The Los Angeles Lakers seem to have an interest in re-acquiring him. The Purple and Gold need some beefing up in the frontcourt with Anthony Davis out with an Achilles injury.