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Lakers GM Rob Pelinka says DeMarcus Cousins can be ‘an X-factor’

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Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka believes DeMarcus Cousins can be “an X-Factor” for the team in 2019-20.

Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Lakers. He’s reuniting with Anthony Davis and Rajon Rondo. The trio were teammates in 2017-18 on the New Orleans Pelicans.

DeMarcus Cousins spent this past season with the Golden State Warriors. The four-time All-Star played in 30 games during the regular season, as he missed the first 45 games recovering from his torn Achilles tendon. Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, 27.4 percent from beyond the arc and 73.6 percent from the free-throw line.

Cousins tore his left quad in the Warriors’ first round matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers. Boogie did return for the NBA Finals versus the Toronto Raptors, but he wasn’t that effective. The Lakers are envisioning a low risk, high reward scenario with Cousins. If the 28-year-old is healthy and in shape, he can be a double-double machine for the Purple and Gold.

The Lakers’ projected starting lineup for next season is LeBron James, Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. On paper, that looks pretty good. Cousins is looking to remind everyone in the league he’s still a top player. Rob Pelinka has confidence Cousins can accomplish that goal with the Lakers.