RUMOR: Lakers ‘the only team’ that makes sense for DeMarcus Cousins, per former exec
One former NBA executive is of the belief that the Los Angeles Lakers are the only team that makes sense for DeMarcus Cousins to play for during the resumption of the 2019-20 season at Walt Disney World.
The Lakers signed Cousins in the offseason of 2019 and were excited about reuniting Boogie with his close friend Anthony Davis, whom he played with in New Orleans.
Unfortunately, Cousins tore his ACL during a pick-up game in July in Las Vegas and never suited up for the Lakers before the season was suspended due to COVID-19 in March.
Los Angeles waived Boogie on February 24 but allowed the former superstar to rehab at the practice facility.
So is he a possibility for the Lakers?
“Maybe,” one Western Conference executive said.
A former executive said of Cousins and the Lakers, “That’s the only team. He respects [LeBron James], and he’s [Anthony Davis’] boy. [Other teams] don’t want that distraction. There’s a small window of time to play, and you can’t let up.”
With LeBron James and Davis leading the charge in Orlando, the Lakers will be one of the betting favorites to win the 2020 NBA title this year. Bringing Cousins back for the playoffs wouldn’t hurt L.A. since the big man already has a rapport with everyone.
Cousins has career averages of 21.2 points and 10.9 boards with the Sacramento Kings, New Orleans Pelicans and Golden State Warriors. He has been bitten by the injury bug as of late, as Cousins tore his Achilles in 2017-18, tore his quad in the 2019 playoffs and then tore his ACL last offseason as we already mentioned.