The great veteran DeMarcus Cousins has found another new NBA home. The Denver Nuggets plan to sign a 10-day deal with Cousins, according to Athletic’s Shams Charania. The Nuggets will be the Cousins’ second team this season, as he also appeared in 17 games for the Milwaukee Bucks after signing an unsecured one-year contract with the team in late November. The Bucks gave up on Cousins earlier this week.
In 17 games with Milwaukee, Cousins, 31, averaged 9.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 16.9 minutes per performance. Bucks general manager Jon Horst said the decision to forgo Cousins was strategic, but it was not an indictment of his position as a player.
“We couldn’t have come through this difficult time of the season as successfully as we have without DeMarcus,” said Horst. “In the end, we made the strategic decision to have an open place on the roster, but nothing would stop us from partnering with DeMarcus again on the road. He was so good to us, and I hope that we helped him too. ”
At least Cousins’ stint in Milwaukee helped him land an opportunity with the Nuggets. In Denver, he’ll bring extra depth and help strengthen the frontcourt behind reigning NBA MVP Nikola Jokic. The Nuggets will be the seventh team Cousins has adapted for, along with the Bucks, Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers.