Should The Lakers Sign DeMarcus Cousins?
The Lakers find themselves in 12th place in the Western Conference at 17-21. They have put together a three-game win streak despite facing several injuries.
With Anthony Davis out, LA could use depth at center. Even when he returns, Darvin Ham’s rotation has lacked size. DeMarcus Cousins will be worked out by the Lakers next week.
The four-time All-Star previously played with Davis in New Orleans and signed with the LakeShow in the 2019-20 season, but tore his ACL in the offseason. A reunion makes sense, as Cousins is a good offensive big that would fit well. While he isn’t a rim protector, he is a strong presence in the paint.
Last season, he averaged 9/6/2, shooting 46% from the field and 30.3% from three. Although he is past his prime, he can still be a quality role player.
Demarcus Cousins is going to workout for the lakers next week.— Washed LakersvsHaters 🅿️ (@notlakersgm) January 6, 2023
He has been working out six days a week in Las Vegas. The fa center hopes to impress Lakers franchise in evaluation mode. As of Jan. 5, teams are now allowed to sign players to 10-day contracts.
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Cousins could even start in Ham’s rotation when Davis returns, allowing AD to play his preferred power forward position. It could also help Davis stay on the floor, as he would be the roamer of the defense rather than taking the bulk of the punishment down low.
The depth would be much improved as we would have Wenyen Gabriel and Thomas Bryant as the power forward and center off the bench.
Should the Lakers sign Demarcus Cousins— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) January 6, 2023
Rob Pelinka and the front office have left a roster spot open after waiving Matt Ryan a few months ago. Teams are also eligible to offer 10-day contracts, which the Lakers could use to see how Cousins performs.
Cousins could be a real impact player in the rotation if we decide to sign him.