The Rockets reportedly want to go smaller once injured starter Christian Wood returns from an ankle injury. The team will fully guarantee Cousins' $2.3-million salary before releasing him, according to Charania.
Cousins has averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 games for Houston this season, playing mostly off the bench. He signed a non-guaranteed, one-year deal with the Rockets in November after missing the entire 2019-20 season due to an Achilles injury.
The 30-year-old will likely become an attractive free agent for teams loading up for the stretch run; Charania reports sources have expressed positive feedback regarding Cousins' professionalism and play during his time with the Rockets.