DeMarcus Cousins is headed to Milwaukee as the team is looking to defend their title. The Bucks are 8-2 in their last ten games as they are facing the Indiana Pacers on Sunday. According to SPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, it is a non-guaranteed contract.
DeMarcus Cousins is Joining Another Contender in Milwaukee
Ever since a couple of gruesome injuries including a torn ACL and full rupture of his Achilles, the four-time All-Star has been on seven different teams which include the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, and Los Angeles Clippers. Cousins never got the chance to play for the Lakers as he was cut mid-season to make room for Markieff Morris.
However, Cousins did technically receive a ring as the Lakers won the title in the NBA Bubble in Orlando. Cousins is still searching for the opportunity to be a part of a championship run. There is no doubt that his best days are behind him, but he can still be a key role player for the Bucks as they look to repeat.
The Bucks were one of the seven NBA teams with an open roster spot. Cousins made 16 appearances with the Clippers and 25 appearances with the Rockets. In 25 games with the Rockets, he averaged 9.6 PPG, 7.6 RPG, and 34 percent from the three-point range.
With the Clippers in 16 games, he averaged 7.8 PPG and 4.5 RPG, while shooting 54 percent from behind the arc in just 12.9 minutes per game. He landed two ten-day contracts to be the main depth piece while Serge Ibaka was dealing with injuries. However, he was unable to appear in more games as he dealt with back injuries that ultimately shut down his season.
Why Did the Bucks Add Cousins at This Time
Cousins will be entering his eleventh season in the league as he will bring his veteran experience and presence in an established locker room that won a championship last season. Center Brook Lopez has played one game this season as he is dealing with back injuries.
This will be a key few weeks for Cousins as teams must guarantee contracts by January 7th according to the rules. The Bucks have gained their momentum back as they have won six straight games as they take on the Pacers.
The Bucks have the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference with a 12-8 record. For now, Cousins will certainly help the Bucks in the paint as he can secure rebounds while contributing on offense as they are currently monitoring Lopez’s health and condition.
The Bucks’ interior has taken a massive hit due to Lopez not being on the court. Milwaukee had the third-best opponent field goal percentage within five feet of the basket last season but has ultimately fallen to the 11th spot in the same category this season.
While there is no guarantee that Cousins will remain on the team for the remainder of the season, he can make a good case to be a part of a potential championship run.