ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that free agent DeMarcus Cousins has signed a one-year deal with the Lakers worth $2.3 million USD. Cousins will be joining LeBron James and reuniting with former Pelicans teammate Anthony Davis, along with Rajon Rondo who also re-signed with the Lakers in a two-year deal.
Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers, agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports tells ESPN.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Cousins once again struggled with injuries and will try again at rebuilding his value. The former All-NBA center had signed a one year contract with the Warriors after suffering a torn ACL with the Pelicans the previous season. Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds last year in 30 regular season games with the Warriors though he struggled with conditioning and defensive play in his return before suffering a torn quad in the playoffs.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski the Miami Heat were initially interested in signing Cousins before Davis and several Lakers members convinced him otherwise. The Lakers are assembling all the talent they can right now. With the blockbuster news of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining the rival Clippers, the Lakers will try to prove that Lakers still run Los Angeles.