Cousins’ contract is an unsecured conditional camp contract.
Demarkus Cousins (center, 208 centimeters, 122.5 kilograms) of the Houston Rockets reportedly signed a training camp deal.
According to local sources, Cousins’ contract with Houston is a condition to play at the camp. Cousins decided to wear the Houston uniform this offseason. Even at the time of the contract, the contract is known to be a formal contract with the lowest annual salary. However, Cousins must survive the camp as it is a condition to play in the camp.
The key is whether Cousins can survive. He was away for a year last off-season with a knee injury. He has not avoided major injuries in the last three years as he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament. Considering that it is the first season since the injury, it may not be easy to perform well in the past. Realistically, it may not be easy to survive.
But Houston is vulnerable under the basket. Although he caught Christian Wood ($41 million in three years) in the off-season, he is still one of the weak axis. Although the Cousins may improve little by little, there is no room for Houston to join the Cousins. Considering that there is no suitable center, Houston deserves to take Cousins for now.
The Los Angeles Lakers and the Miami Heat were also in the spotlight before the Cousins signed with Houston. However, the contract was not concluded. Or it seems that he didn’t have much interest. Both Lakers and Miami were expected to be Cousins’ destinations as they won the conference in the last playoff, but it is assumed that they were only a theoretical interest.
For Cousins, if they head for Lakers or Miami, they can challenge themselves to win, but they can also hamper their performance. It may be helpful to play a limited amount of time after a major injury, but if you want to win a big contract again in the future, you need to show your robustness in Houston. It must be an important season for Cousins.
If the team maintains only a certain amount of performance in the 2018-2019 season, even before the injury, there will be no problem with its survival. Even if it is difficult to start a business trip immediately, it is necessary to play a role on the bench. If you play for Houston, which is relatively low in height, rather than for a team with a strong under-the-goal record, there will be no problem in securing a chance to play.