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Free Agency 2018

Report: Lakers passed on signing DeMarcus Cousins in similar Warriors-like deal

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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.

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.

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