It was not a sporting maneuver, but a gentleman’s detail. The Houston Rockets guaranteed the contract to DeMarcus Cousins, and we all understood that, seeing his performance (decent to good) and the temporary absence of Christian Wood, this did not mean anything else that the Texans were happy with the center and that it would continue to be important until end of season. Bad intuition.
From the top of Houston, with this movement, all they wanted was to reward Cousins for the good work and effort he had put in since he arrived at the franchise, but his medium-term plans had taken a lurch, and they had decided that they wanted return to the small ball with Wood as the only reference in the painting. That being the case, they have considered that Cousins will be able to find a much better destination where he can continue to recover his rhythm, refine his muscles and exploit his many qualities that do not fit into the frenetic pace they want to restore.
It has already been cut, as confirmed by Shams Charania at dawn. But not before, as we have seen, assuring you the 2.3 million that would have corresponded to you for staying the entire 2020/21 academic year.
Marc Gasol, very lonely
For Kevin O’Connor, from The Ringer, we already have the first candidate to re-fish him, and these are the Los Angeles Lakers, a team that already played (symbolically) last year and who would see a good replacement in the pivot while the loss lasts by Anthony Davis. Marc Gasol is not physically spare, and Harrell can bring wear and energy, but not inches.
9.4 points and 7.6 rebounds in the 25 games are his last baggage, and with only 30 years and four teams in three seasons (Pelicans, Warriors, Lakers and Rockets) Boogie is on the way to one more adventure. It only remains to know where.
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(Cover photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea / .)