Denver’s intentions to sign Cousins became clear several weeks ago, though the deal didn’t become official until Friday.
Cousins, 31, is 6-foot-10 and signed with the Bucks in late November, but that contract was non-guaranteed. Milwaukee opted to release Cousins on Jan. 7, the day when deals had to become guaranteed for the season.
ORCHARD ROSTER MOVE: We've signed DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract.
— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) January 21, 2022
He appeared in 16 games with Milwaukee this season, averaging 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds.
Last year, he averaged 7.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 16 games with the Clippers after spending the first part of the season with the Rockets. The four-time All-Star also played meaningful minutes in the playoffs as the Clippers made a run to the Western Conference Finals.
Since making his last All-Star team, though, Cousins suffered a ruptured Achilles and torn ACL and hasn’t been the same player who carries career averages of 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds.
The Nuggets have six games in the next nine days, giving Cousins an opportunity to see some action. They just happen play the Bucks in their final game of his current deal.