On July 30, the NBA will resume the 2019-20 season with 22 teams at Walt Disney World in Orlando. As many as 2o former Kentucky Wildcats will be in action, depending on injury, and now that the league is allowing teams to bring 17 players instead of 15, that number could go even higher.
Tonight, there is some scuttle that DeMarcus Cousins, who was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers in February, could land on a roster for the restart. Cousins has been battling injuries for the past few years, most recently a torn ACL in his left knee in August 2019; however, given the additional months to recover courtesy of the coronavirus, he could be healthy enough by late July to join a squad. In fact, Adrian Wojnarowski mentioned the possibility of Cousins joining a team in his latest update on the restart this evening, and Bleacher Report’s Eric Pincus spoke to two executives that said the Lakers might be interested in bringing Cousins back.
So is he a possibility for the Lakers?
“Maybe,” one Western Conference executive said.
A former executive said of Cousins and the Lakers, “That’s the only team. He respects [LeBron James], and he’s [Anthony Davis’] boy. [Other teams] don’t want that distraction. There’s a small window of time to play, and you can’t let up.”
Of course, Cousins being healthy enough, let alone in game shape, by then is probably unlikely. But man, it’d be cool.