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NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers to challenge Pelicans to sign DeMarcus Cousins

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers to challenge Pelicans to sign DeMarcus Cousins

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers to challenge Pelicans to sign DeMarcus Cousins

The Lakers have been adamant about signing stars in this free agency period. They’ve been strongly connected to LeBron James so far, but there’s another player they could possibly make a run at: DeMarcus Cousins. The big man is coming off a solid year with the Pelicans that had a tragic ending.

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers to challenge Pelicans to sign DeMarcus Cousins

Cousins and the Pelicans seemed destined for the playoffs, but in January he had what is considered by many to be the NBA’s most devastating injury. Cousins blew out his Achilles, sidelining him for the season, and putting into question his effectiveness for the future. Players don’t easily come back from this kind of injury, especially big men, but Cousins will try to do just that.

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers to challenge Pelicans to sign DeMarcus CousinsCousins will need to find a team that’s willing to take a risk on him for a lot of money. The Lakers could maybe be that team. According to Marc Spears of The Undefeated, both the Pelicans and Lakers have scheduled meetings with Cousins.

Would the Lakers take a chance on Cousins? He would be an interesting option for the Lakers, and at his best, he’s arguably the best big man in the NBA, thanks to his varied skillset, especially on offense. However. with such a devastating injury, any contract he signs could prove to be harmful to the Lakers’ long-term goals. That’s why it would need to be a short-term deal as mentioned in the report.

The Pelicans, on the other hand, will need to enter this meeting with Cousins asking themselves a few questions. Do they believe that Cousins can play like he did before the Achilles injury, and is that worth the money he’ll be asking for? New Orleans went on an incredible second half run without Cousins. Nobody in the Pelicans organization believes they’re better without Cousins, but they have to know they can still find success if he walks.

It’s been heavily speculated that LeBron James could end up with the Lakers and several reports have surfaced of Los Angeles pursuing other star players around the NBA to build its roster to help land James. Cousins could be a part of that plan.

The report also notes that the Pelicans are still very interested in re-signing Cousins as the two are expected to meet as well. It’s not clear at this time whether the meetings would be in person or over the phone as Cousins is currently in his hometown of Mobile, Ala., according to ESPN.

NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers to challenge Pelicans to sign DeMarcus Cousins

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters in May that the team will do everything it can to keep Cousins. He said, ““There’s not one single person, player, coach or in the basketball ops department or ownership that doesn’t want him back.”

Cousins also told ESPN in May that he was open to re-signing with the Pelicans, but he wants to ultimately go to a team that’s “ready to contend.”

The 27-year-old is coming off a 2017-18 season cut short by a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered Jan. 26 in a game against the Rockets. Despite the injury, he is still expected to be highly sought after in free agency. He told ESPN that he expects to be ready to play by the start of training camp.

Cousins averaged 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists in 48 games last season as he was named an All-Star for the fourth consecutive year.


News Sources: sportingnews.com,

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