From the time it was reported that the Los Angeles Lakers plan to resign Quinn Cook, it has been widely assumed that DeMarcus Cousins will fill one of their open spots on the list, which is not such a bold assumption. Cousins played for the Lakers last season and was linked to his former team last week.
However, according to a report by Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times on Monday, Cousins might not be part of the Lakers’ plans after all:
There are no immediate plans to fill Cook’s spot on the roster, and several people with knowledge of the situation said they don’t expect the Lakers to meet with Houston center DeMarcus Cousins if he is available as expected. However, the team will monitor the buy-and-trade markets for potential additions to its frontcourt.
In some ways, the Lakers’ lack of interest in Cousins is surprising. He is good friends with Anthony Davis and theoretically has a higher ceiling than any other big man on the market right now. But from a basketball standpoint, a meeting between Cousins and the Lakers, if you can call it that, never made much sense.
What the Lakers have lacked this season is the athleticism and rim protection that JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard provided them last season. Cousins is many things, but a high-flying center that blocks shots isn’t one of them.
That’s not to say that Cousins hadn’t helped the Lakers at all; in fact, his rebounding and his ability to create his own post offense would have added an interesting dynamic to this team. The unfortunate news for Cousins is that the Lakers don’t appear to be trying to mix things up at this stage of the season; They are trying to complete their championship puzzle, which they solved just a few months ago.
The door is not completely closed for Cousins to return to Los Angeles, but it seems to be closing quickly.
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