The Denver Nuggets were pressed on making a decision to bring back veteran center DeMarcus Cousins after his 10-day contract ended. Ultimately, they decided to solidify the backup big man’s role within their lineup.
First reported by The Athletic and Stadium’s Shams Charania, the Nuggets are re-signing Cousins to a “rest-of-season contract.” An official announcement on behalf of the team is expected in the coming days.
This year, Cousins has appeared in 25 games: playing in 17 contests for the Milwaukee Bucks and his latest eight with the Nuggets.
The vet provided fair value during his tenure with the Bucks. Cousins started in five of the 17 contests with Milwaukee, and even put up 22 points against the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 24. He was waived by the team on Jan. 6.
Cousins was picked up by Denver on Jan. 21. He signed his first 10-day contract with the Nuggets, with two more to come, and eventually played his way to a roster spot for the remainder of the season.
He has contributed solid minutes and production among Denver’s depth chart of big men: averaging 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds on 13.1 minutes a game.
Denver has won five of their last six games. The Nuggets are currently sixth in the Western Conference standings (33-25).
Sources: The Denver Nuggets are planning to sign center DeMarcus Cousins to a rest-of-season contract in the coming days. Cousins’ final 10-day expired over the weekend. He’s averaged 6.1 points and 6.3 rebounds with Denver, where he’s reunited with Michael Malone.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 22, 2022
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