Reports: Lakers add Cousins, bring back Rondo, Caruso
NBA.com Global on Jul 07, 2019 07:23 AM
FILE - DENVER, CO - FEBRUARY 2: DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors dunks over Kyle Kuzma #0 of the Los Angeles Lakers on February 2, 2019 at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Lakers, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Miami Heat had interest in Cousins, but several Lakers players -- including Anthony Davis -- helped convince him on joining LA, league sources tell ESPN. https://t.co/U2fgWbb8PL— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Cousins' one-year deal with the Lakers is $3.5M. https://t.co/nXaFChoG3C— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
According to reports, the Miami Heat were interested in Cousins, but Anthony Davis and other players helped persuade Cousins to join them in L.A.
Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 regular-season games for the Warriors last season after returning from an Achilles injury. Cousins later suffered a torn left quadriceps in the first round of the playoffs, but returned to action in the NBA Finals.
The Lakers also brought back a pair of guards, starting with Rajon Rondo, who reached an agreement with the team on a two-year deal.
Free agent Rajon Rondo is signing a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell @ramonashelburne and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Rondo averaged 9.2 points, 5.3 rebounds and 8.0 assists last season with Los Angeles and has previously played with Cousins and Davis in New Orleans during the 2017-18 season.
Another returning guard for the Lakers is Alex Caruso, who was a restricted free agent.
Deal: two years, $5.5M https://t.co/5Xxrcd5j9u— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
Caruso will ink a two-year, $5.5 million deal after averaging 9.2 points, 2.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.0 steals in 25 games last season, his second in the league.