DENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets signed DeMarcus Cousins to a 10-day contract Friday to provide some support for Nikola Jokic.
Cousins, a four-time All-Star, will be eligible to play in six games for the Nuggets, beginning Friday night against Memphis.
He will be reunited with Nuggets coach Michael Malone, who had Cousins in Sacramento for just over a season until the quarterback was fired in December 2014.
“We have kept in touch for many years after he was fired. I think DeMarcus is a great player and a better person than he thinks,” Malone said. “I think about this 10-day contract and we will see what happens, but I anticipate that it will do well for him. I am grateful that you are here. DeMarcus is someone I care about and think he deserves this opportunity.”
Cousins averaged 9.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in 17 games with Milwaukee, but was released this month because the Bucks wanted to open up payroll space.
The Nuggets have limited variants in tall players other than Jokic, last season’s MVP. Michael Porter Jr. (back surgery) is out and JaMychal Green is in COVID-19 protocols.
Denver is the seventh team for Cousins, a 31-year veteran who has been limited in recent years by an Achilles tendon injury and a torn knee ligament. He averages 20.1 points and 10.4 rebounds in his career.
“I think it can give us another weapon out there and make us a little tougher to defend on nights when teams run a small lineup and change everything,” Malone said. “I think this is going to be a great place for DeMarcus.”