In a shocking development, team sources told Shams Chariana of The Athletic that the Milwaukee Bucks are planning to waive Demarcus Cousins. Cousins is expected to garner interest on the free agent market.
According to Shams, the Bucks are opting to release Demarcus Cousins in favor of roster flexibility. On Friday, all season-long contracts become guaranteed. If Cousins were to remain on the roster, the Bucks would not be able to move him except via trade. Releasing him allows them to bring in other players as needed in the uncertainty of the COIVD-19 pandemic.
DeMarcus Cousins as a Milwaukee Bucks Player
DeMarcus Cousins signed with the Milwaukee Bucks to help fill the void left by Brook Lopez and his injured back. In 16 games with Milwaukee, Cousins averaged 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds. These are well below his career averages of 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds per game.
Unfortunately, this development comes just a week or so after DeMarcus Cousins praised the Bucks and their fans for making him feel so welcome. He stated that they treat him as if he has been here his whole career, and that he thinks Milwaukee is a special place.
Why Cut DeMarcus Cousins?
In addition to the roster flexibility, the Milwaukee Bucks are thinking ahead with this roster move. As productive as DeMarcus Cousins can be on the offensive end of the floor, he is just as unproductive on the defensive end. The Milwaukee Bucks will certainly be a playoff team this year. When the playoff rosters and lineups are set, Cousins likely would have found himself riding the bench. Defense counts for extra in the playoffs.