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Rockets make it official, sign DeMarcus Cousins

The former All-Star big man has landed in Houston after missing the 2019-20 season with a torn ACL.

DeMarcus Cousins has not played in an NBA game since the 2019 Finals.

DeMarcus Cousins is restarting his career with the Houston Rockets, as the team announced its signing of him on Tuesday afternoon.

Cousins has not played since an injury-abbreviated 2018-19 season with Golden State in which he averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 regular season games. The production was encouraging given that Cousins was coming off a torn Achilles tendon suffered the previous season with New Orleans. But the versatile 6-foot-10 center’s return was cut short by a torn quadriceps in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, keeping him sidelined until the Finals.

Cousins signed with the Lakers the following season, only to the suffer a torn ACL during preseason workouts that cost him the entire 2019-20 campaign.

The fifth overall pick in the 2010 Draft and a four-time All-Star, Cousins has played in just 78 regular season games over the last three seasons. His arrival comes at a pivotal time for the Rockets, who are working through reported trade requests by superstar guards James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Houston will also reportedly sign 25-year-old free agent forward Christian Wood.