Milwaukee Bucks Signing Center DeMarcus Cousins to Non-Guaranteed Contract

DeMarcus Cousins with USA Basketball in 2016
DeMarcus Cousins with USA Basketball in 2016. Photo by Heuler Andrey/Agif/REX/Shutterstock

Reigning NBA champions Milwaukee Bucks are getting some help under the basket as they look to continue their seven-game winning streak. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bucks are set to sign four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins will reportedly ink a non-guaranteed contract with his new team. The 31-year-old has been a free agent since leaving the LA Clippers at the end of the 2020-21 NBA season.

Cousins fits the need for the Bucks as the team has been without a reliable big-man since Brook Lopez got hurt earlier in the season. With Lopez still out indefinitely, Cousins is expected to play an important role down the stretch and have a place in rotation alongside current starter Bobby Portis and backup Sandro Mamukelashvili. The move also allows Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo to focus more on the power forward position, as he served as a center more than he’s probably comfortable with so far in 2021-22.

DeMarcus Cousins was once considered one of the best centers in the league, but a torn left Achilles during the 2018-19 season changed the trajectory of his career. Since then, Cousins failed to make a larger impact and suffered another major injury when he tore his ACL during a pickup game in 2019. He averaged 7.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.0 assists in 16 games he played for the Clippers last season.