DeMarcus Cousins shocked the NBA world earlier this week when he agreed to a one-year, $5.3 million deal with the Golden State Warriors. Many believed Cousins would join LeBron James and Rajon Rondo in Los Angeles, and according to Marc Stein, the Lakers had the chance to get Boogie, but turned it down.
Word also reached us Monday night that LeBron’s 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 I’m told the Lakers passed, clearing the way for the Warriors to infuriate the basketball public yet again.
Stein added that the Lakers were Boogie fans, but couldn’t afford to wait until he was fully rehabbed from his Achilles injury:
Magic Johnson and Jeanie Buss — collaborating, I'm told, on all aspects of the Lakers' planning — want the team to be as competitive as possible next season and thus felt the timing didn't allow for signing a player, however talented, who could miss half the season or more https://t.co/5ZU9kOvg4v
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 4, 2018
They’re going to regret that.