Rockets coach Stephen Silas’ cryptic response to DeMarcus Cousins rumors
Even though he remains with the Houston Rockets, the name of center DeMarcus Cousins has already been linked to several teams after reports surfaced that he could be parting ways with the Rockets. Head coach Stephen Silas has apparently also heard reports that his big man is joining a different team. But Silas dismissed the reports as just rumors, according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle.
Stephen Silas described DeMarcus Cousins situation as "just rumors at this point." He did not finish practice on Sunday because of a foot issue.
— Jonathan Feigen (@Jonathan_Feigen) February 21, 2021
With the Rockets reportedly prioritizing a younger lineup with Christian Wood as their primary big man, Cousins could see himself playing for a different team this season. However, it remains unclear if that will happen through a trade or a buyout if both the team and the player could come to an agreement.
But while Silas said that the reports were just rumors at this point, it doesn’t completely dismiss the idea that Cousins could be on his way out even after the team guaranteed his contract for the rest of the season. With an 11-17 record, Houston finds itself in the 13th spot in the Western Conference and five games out of a possible playoff spot.
Feigen reports that Cousins, a four-time All-Star, did not finish the team’s practice due to a foot issue. However, reports also state that the former Kentucky big man will play in the team’s next game against Chicago on Monday. In 25 games, Cousins has averaged 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.4 assists while shooting 37.6% from the field and 33.6% from beyond the arc.
He has shown that he can still contribute to a team after overcoming multiple injuries, and should be able to help several contenders if he does get moved during the season, even if his coach says otherwise.