Bucks give up on veteran center DeMarcus Cousins

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MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Bucks gave up DeMarcus Cousins ​​on Thursday, just over a month after signing the veteran center.

Milwaukee had until Friday to decide whether or not to secure his contract for the rest of the season.

The Cousins, 31, averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 16.9 minutes in 17 games after signing with the Bucks on November 30. He tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes Wednesday night in a 117-111 home loss to the Toronto Raptors.

Last season, the four-time All-Star played 41 combined games with the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers averaging 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 17.4 minutes.

Cousins ​​won NBA second-team honors in 2015 and 2016 before being slowed down by injuries including a ruptured Achilles tendon, a quadriceps muscle tear, and an anterior cruciate ligament tear.

Milwaukee could still use some depth in the frontcourt due to the absence of center Brook Lopez, who had back surgery last month and has not played since the Bucks’ first game of the season.

The Bucks (25-15) have lost two in a row and are starting a three-game road swing Friday night in Brooklyn.

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