The Lakers could have had DeMarcus Cousins on a deal similar to the one-year, $5.3 million deal he signed with the Warriors, according to the New York Times.
However, the team decided to pass.
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.
Apparently as well, the Pelicans had an offer on the table before the year was over to Cousins. That deal was in the two-year, $40 million range. Cousins reportedly turned down that offer and when the season ended, New Orleans took it off the table.
If you subscribe to the @nytimes weekly NBA newsletter, it's already in your inbox and you have fresh reporting on DeMarcus Cousins' stunning move to Golden State - including this bit on New Orleans offering Cousins an extension late in the season that was declined: pic.twitter.com/bABWuaOnCO- Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 3, 2018
Cousins now will look to recover from his Achilles' injury and get back to contribute to yet another Warriors NBA title run.
What remains to be seen is the type of player Cousins will be when he returns.
Cousins told the Undefeated he expects to be back for training camp, contradicting previous reports he will be back sometime around December or January.
New Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins to The Undefeated on his return from Achilles injury: "I'm still shooting for training camp. It's not BS. It wasn't a comment just to sound good in free agency."- Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpearsESPN) July 3, 2018
All signings will not be official until the end of the NBA moratorium period on July 6.