Former NBA Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins agreed to sign with the back-to-back Golden State Warriors on Monday, leaving numerous Lakers supporters sensing that the LeBron James’ new team will be depleted of major additional talent.
Reportedly, the Los Angeles Lakers confirmed their disinterest in Cousins in the offseason.
As the Warriors and Cousins agreed on a one-year, $5.3 million contract, Marc Stein of The New York Times reports that the Lakers could have had the four-time All-Star for a similar price, but elected to pass.
According to Stein, the Lakers, “after signing Rajon Rondo away from New Orleans and then losing Randle to the Pelicans, had an opportunity to sign Cousins at a one-year price point similar to the one that landed him in Golden State. But [Stein was] told the Lakers passed, clearing the way for the Warriors to infuriate the basketball public yet again.”
For most of the first two days of free agency, the discussion revolved around the Lakers and their big signee in LeBron James, who agreed to a four-year, $154 million deal Sunday. Subsequently. Cousins’ agreement with the Warriors changed the dialogue and shocked fans that now believe a title is sealed for Golden State.
Aside from LeBron James, the LA Lakers have added Lance Stephenson, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGee.