MILWAUKEE – Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer expects DeMarcus Cousins to be available Wednesday night against the visiting Charlotte Hornets.
The Bucks announced on Tuesday that they have officially signed the veteran and four-time All-Star, who won second-team All-NBA honors in 2015 and 2016.
Cousins will try to bolster a Bucks frontcourt that’s missing injured center Brook Lopez.
“DeMarcus is incredibly talented, and his size, tenacity and experience will help us,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement. “It will add depth to our frontcourt rotation and we look forward to incorporating it into our system.”
The Bucks (13-8) have won seven straight games but have faced problems on the front row due to the absence of Lopez, who has not played since a season opener win over the Brooklyn Nets due to a back injury.
The cousins should help in that regard, even though the 31-year-old forward is no longer in All-Star form.
He played 41 combined games with the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers last season averaging 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 17.4 minutes.
Cousins holds career averages of 20.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocked shots in 606 regular-season games with the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans. , the Golden State Warriors, the Rockets and the Clippers. He won a gold medal with the 2016 US Olympic team.
In other moves, the Bucks signed a two-way contract with Javonte Smart and asked for waivers from Justin Robinson.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.