The Houston Rockets are set to part ways with center DeMarcus Cousins sometime next week, The Athletic reported on Saturday.

The Rockets reportedly plan to use a smaller lineup after emerging star Christian Wood returns from an ankle injury.

Cousins is Houston's leading rebounder (7.6 per game) and is averaging 9.6 points and 20.2 minutes in 25 games (11 starts).

Cousins, 30, once was an elite big man and averaged more than 20 points per game in five straight seasons while playing for the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans. He was an All-Star in four of those campaigns.

But Cousins suffered a torn Achilles in January of 2018 during his one full season with the Pelicans and has never regained his form. He also sustained a torn quadriceps during the 2019 playoffs while toiling for the Golden State Warriors.

After joining the Los Angeles Lakers, Cousins tore the ACL in his left knee and missed the entire 2019-20 season.

Cousins has career averages of 20.8 points and 10.7 rebounds since being Sacramento's first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2010 NBA Draft.

Wood has missed the last seven games and the Rockets have lost each one.

--Field Level Media

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