Bucks expect DeMarcus Cousins ​​to debut against Hornets on Wednesday

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer expects DeMarcus Cousins ​​to be available Wednesday night against visiting Charlotte Hornets.

The Bucks announced Tuesday that they officially signed the veteran and four-time All-Star, who won second-team All-NBA honors in 2015 and 2016.

Cousins ​​will try to drive a Bucks front court that does not have injured center Brook Lopez.

“DeMarcus is incredibly talented, and his size, toughness and experience will help us,” Bucks general manager Jon Horst said in a statement. “It will add additional depth to our rotation on the front court and we look forward to incorporating it into our system.”

The Bucks (13-8) have won seven straight games, but have been dealing with problems on the front court due to the absence of Lopez, who has not played since the season-opening win over the Brooklyn Nets due to an injury at the back.

Cousins ​​should help in that regard, even if the 31-year-old forward is no longer in All-Star form.

He played a combined 41 games for the Houston Rockets and LA Clippers last season while averaging 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 17.4 minutes.

Cousins ​​has 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, Golden State Warriors, Rockets and Clippers. He won a gold medal with the US Olympic team in 2016.

In other moves, the Bucks signed Javonte Smart to a two-way deal and requested resignations from Justin Robinson.

Associated Press contributed to this report.