DeMarcus Cousins reportedly becoming NBA free agent; should Celtics sign him?

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Nick Goss
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DeMarcus Cousins reportedly becoming free agent; should Celtics sign him? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

DeMarcus Cousins is hitting the NBA free agent market.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported Tuesday morning that the Houston Rockets are releasing the veteran center. 

Cousins played 27 games for the Houston Rockets this season and averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per matchup.

The 30-year-old center is not the dominant, superstar-caliber player we saw in the past. A ruptured Achilles suffered during the 2017-18 season while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans derailed his career, and it's been difficult for him to regain his pre-injury form.

Should the Boston Celtics pursue Cousins on the open market?

The Celtics need scoring depth off the bench. C's president of basketball operations Danny Ainge noted a few weeks ago that "shooting with size" was something his team needed. 

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Cousins used to fit the mold of a shooter with size, but he has struggled hitting 3-point field goals since returning from an Achilles injury during the 2018-19 campaign. He's failed to shoot 34 percent or better from beyond the arc in each of the last two years. 

The Celtics also don't need another center. Daniel Theis is having a nice season. Tristan Thompson has underwhelmed a bit but gives the team much-needed toughness and championship experience. Third-year center Robert Williams has shown flashes of his exciting talent and potential. Finding him more minutes would be ideal over the second half of the regular season. Bringing in another veteran center like Cousins would take away minutes for Williams.

Cousins would've been an interesting fit for the Celtics four or five years ago when he was an All-Star player. He's no longer a quality option for the C's given his age, injury history and fit.

The Celtics should target a versatile wing who can shoot and/or a guard who can score off the bench at the trade deadline.