Lakers expected to pursue DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins and the Houston Rockets could be parting ways soon, making him available to teams in need of aid in the frontcourt. With the rumors of Cousins’ possible departure in Houston, The Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor reports that the Los Angeles Lakers are expected to pursue Cousins.
Sources: The Lakers will be among the teams to pursue DeMarcus Cousins.
The market will be limited for Cousins, sources say. He has struggled this year after returning from multiple major injuries. But for LA or any team in need of big man depth, few options bring higher upside.
— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 20, 2021
Lakers fans are aware of the fact that on Saturday, it was reported that the Rockets and Cousins could be headed toward a split soon. Houston wants to begin playing their younger big man and Cousins has been unable to consistently produce how the Rockets have wanted him to.
Seeing that Cousins has battled injuries and isn’t the same player he once was, his market might not be as big as it was five years ago. However, a team like the Lakers seems to make a ton of sense given their recent issues in the frontcourt.
Anthony Davis is currently dealing with an Achilles injury and he won’t return until at least after the All-Star break. The Lakers have struggled to replace Davis down low, leaving them thin at center.
Of course, Cousins was a member of the Lakers last season before he was released following a season-ending injury. Given that, he’d be ahead of the curve when it comes to learning what Frank Vogel wants out of his team.
Amid the rumors surrounding Cousins, Stephen Silas — the head coach of the Rockets — downplayed the legitimacy of the rumors. While his cryptic answer to Cousins’ possible exodus could mean there isn’t anything set in stone, teams are likely already calling about his availability. And among the teams who could make a move, the Lakers appear to be front-runners for the former All-Star.