The Pistons are sitting Griffin as they pursue a potential trade after mutually agreeing to part ways. It's unlikely any team will be willing to take on Griffin's $39 million salary (player option) for the 2021-22 season, so it's considered a matter of time before Griffin and the Pistons reach a buyout.
With the trade deadline still a month away, adding Cousins may be the more immediate-impact move. Cousins averaged 9.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 25 games with the Rockets, showing a clear loss of lateral quickness after suffering an Achilles tear and ACL tear since January 2018. The four-time All-Star shot just 37.6 percent from the floor overall in Houston.
The Heat are currently 14-17, sitting 10th in the Eastern Conference. If the season ended Wednesday, they would be part of a play-in to determine the final two seeds in the East.
For a team coming off a surprising run to the NBA Finals in the bubble, it's been a disappointment.
Griffin and Cousins are both flashier names than effective basketball players at this point in their careers, but both can be productive in limited minutes.