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Rockets Parting Ways with DeMarcus Cousins, Trail Blazers Should Pounce

Shams Charania says Cousins is not long for Houston. Will Portland add to their frontcourt?

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The Houston Rockets are planning to part ways with center DeMarcus Cousins soon. Shams Charania of The Athletic tweeted the news today.

Before injuries hobbled him, Cousins was one of the brightest stars in the league with career averages of 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds per season during a 10-year career. He has not played more than 50 games in a single season since 2016-17. He is averaging 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 20.2 minutes per game for the Rockets this season, but he is shooting just 37.6% from the field.

The Portland Trail Blazers are thin at their big positions after injuries to Jusuf Nurkic, Zach Collins, and Harry Giles III. If they are serious about succeeding this season, they should make a hard run at Cousins. He’s multi-talented enough to slide into the gap left by Nurkic and Enes Kanter (when the latter sits), providing a solid insurance policy. He’d give Portland another big body to throw against LeBron James and Anthony Davis should the Blazers meet the Los Angeles Lakers in the playoffs. Portland can absorb another minimum contract and they won’t get a better player for the price anywhere. If they don’t make a bid for Cousins, the Blazers need to look hard in the mirror and ask themselves what they’re doing.

Would Cousins be a yes, no, or HECK YES GET IT DONE YESTERDAY for you? Let us know in the comments.