Rockets’ John Wall reacts to DeMarcus Cousins’ departure
The Houston Rockets have already moved on from superstar James Haden this year, and now you could add DeMarcus Cousins to that list. The Rockets have officially waived DeMarcus Cousins after signing him to a 1-year deal before the season. DeMarcus Cousins joined the Rockets after he suffered an ACL injury prior to last season which resulted in him missing the entire year.
DeMarcus Cousins joined the Rockets this year after they acquired his Kentucky Wildcat teammate John Wall. Wall and Cousins have had a very close friendship over the years and were extremely excited about the possibility of playing together. Now that Cousins is officially waived, the 6-foot-10 center is able to be picked up by any other team.
A reason for the release is because they want to go with a smaller and younger frontcourt when Christian Wood returns from his injury. It was speculated that Cousins wasn’t satisfied with a backup position and wanted more playing time.
The move also allows DeMarcus Cousins to find an opportunity elsewhere and win a championship, something the Rockets could not provide him with. The news was very disappointing to his good friend John Wall saying that “the decision was made was out of his hands.”
John Wall on the #Rockets letting DeMarcus Cousins go: “It’s tough. Someone I call my brother. The decision that was made, that’s out of my hands. I think he did a hell of a job coming back from an injury, hopefully he’ll get another job soon.”
— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) February 23, 2021
The Rockets were the fourth team that DeMarcus Cousins has played for since rupturing his Achilles tendon during the 2017-18 season. Cousins is a four-time All-Star that has played in 25 games this season, starting in 11 of those averaging 9.6 points per game and 7.6 rebounds while shooting only 37.6% from the floor. There are rumors of Cousins linking up again with the Los Angeles Lakers. Cousins never played a game with the Lakers last season after suffering his ACL injury, but still had his name engraved on their championship rings.