With Paul George opting to sign a four-year deal extension with Oklahoma, Kawhi Leonard is the main candidate to be the Lakers' second major coup of the summer. While the vaunted Hampton 5 small lineup is still very much in play going forward, Cousins is quite agile for his size, providing head coach Steve Kerr with the flexibility to utilize his size when need be.
The three-time National Basketball Association champion opted out of the final year of his deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers on June 29, before agreeing to a four-year, $154 million max contract on Sunday.
The Pelicans found a way to recover after Cousins went down and made it to the playoffs with a 48-34 record before sweeping the third-seed Portland Trail Blazers. "I don't think the Spurs would want to deal with the Lakers, because they would be giving the Lakers, which plays within their [Western] conference, a super team, essentially, while pounding your own franchise for the next couple of years".
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However, it's certainly a risk that the Warriors are willing to take to acquire a superstar for just the mid-level exception.
The squad may have figured out a way to win without their star center, but he was load to deal with for opposing teams when he was healthy. He spurned those doomsayers, however, by coming back better than ever and averaging 24.6 points per game in his three seasons after the injury (including a stunning 29.9 in the first year back from the injury). Among NBA players from Alabama high schools, Cousins ranks fifth in points and fourth in rebounds, and only Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has higher career scoring and rebounding averages. Cousins tore his Achilles on January 26, and it's unclear when he'll be set to return to the court.
When previously asked about free agency, Cousins told The Undefeated: "I don't plan on rushing through this process".
"He's right on schedule". According to Griffin, the four-time NBA MVP believes "a great deal" in New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins.