Houston Rockets, DeMarcus Cousins Parting Ways May Mean Trading Victor Oladipo, P.J. Exhaust Before Deadline
Simply a day in the wake of ensuring focus DeMarcus Cousins' $2.3 million agreement, the Houston Rockets before long arrangement to head out in different directions with the previous All-Star focus, as per Shams Charania of The Athletic.
With Houston needing to go more modest when large man Christian Wood gets back from injury and give greater freedom to more youthful players, the 30-year-old Cousins can now sign with a title competitor based on his personal preference, maybe the shielding champion Los Angeles Lakers.
Yet, past Cousins, who's averaging 9.6 focuses and 7.6 bounce back per game this season, it very well may be an indication of different things to come for the 11-17 Rockets. On the off chance that first-year senior supervisor Rafael Stone and tenderfoot lead trainer Stephen Silas in fact do anticipate focusing on youth five weeks in the wake of sending James Harden to Brooklyn, different veterans might be on out also preceding the March 25 exchange cutoff time.
Two that appear to be the most intelligent are monitor Victor Oladipo and P.J. Exhaust. Oladipo, a 28-year-privileged few, is on the most recent year of a four-year, $85 million agreement and was obtained from Indiana in the four-group Harden bargain in return for Caris LeVert. He's as of now averaging 19.1 focuses, 5.2 bounce back and 4.6 helps per game for the Rockets (however he's been harmed since Feb. 11) and could bring back a first-round pick or youthful, more controllable resources for quicken a Houston reconstruct.
Exhaust, a 35-year-old forward who's played a lot of focus in a portion of the Rockets' licensed little ball setups, is on the most recent year of his own four-year contract worth just shy of $32 million. Despite the fact that he's averaging simply 4.7 focuses and 4.6 bounce back per game this season, he'd carry strong protection and solid shooting to an expected competitor in an exchange. He'd beforehand apparently been disturbed about not getting an agreement expansion previously.
Houston doesn't really need to reconstruct, being only two games behind tenth spot in the Western Conference, however releasing Cousins somewhere else could be an indication of things traveling toward that path.