DeMarcus Cousins
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The Los Angeles Clippers plan to sign center DeMarcus Cousins, pending clearance of NBA health and safety protocols, according to Shams Charania.

Cousins is in Los Angeles and is starting testing protocols to join the Clippers, notes Charania.

He is former teammates of current Clippers players Rajon Rondo (New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings), Patrick Patterson (Kentucky, Kings) and he has played with Kawhi Leonard in past All-Star games.

However, no decision is expected until next week, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, who also notes that the Clippers want a third center behind Ivica Zubac and Serge Ibaka.

The Clippers currently have 13 players on their roster with standard contracts and the NBA’s required minimum is 14.

The league allows teams to go below that number for up to two weeks at a time and the Clippers won’t have to add another player until next week, so they might choose to wait to officially sign Cousins then.

Cousins, 30, was released by the Houston Rockets on Feb. 23.

In 25 games, he averaged 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 20.2 minutes per game.