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NBA Free Agency 2019: How the Los Angeles Lakers' signings fit with LeBron James and Anthony Davis

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Danny Green, DeMarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley (NBA Getty Images)

It's been a huge offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers.

After acquiring Anthony Davis in a blockbuster trade with the New Orleans Pelicans, the franchise was left with little cap space to fill out the roster around him and LeBron James in free agency. Even so, they managed to sign a number of players who can help them achieve their goal of winning a title next season, from two-time champion Danny Green to six-time All-Star DeMarcus Cousins.

With that in mind, here's how their most notable signings this offseason complement Davis and James.

Avery Bradley, SG

Career averages: 28.7 minutes, 12.0 points, 4.0 assists, 3.1 rebounds per game

Bradley signed a two-year, $9.7 million deal with the Lakers. The second year of his contract will be a player option, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

Bradley's days of making an All-Defensive Team might be over, but he fills a huge need on this Lakers team as someone who can defend opposing point guards. Even if James does transition into being more of a point guard, the Lakers will need someone down the stretch of games who can pick up the likes of Stephen Curry, Damian Lillard and Kyrie Irving to prevent James from having to do so, particularly in the playoffs.

That responsibility will likely fall onto Bradley, Rajon Rondo and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope depending on which one of them fits better with James and Davis offensively.

A 36.4 percent career 3-point shooter, Bradley is capable of spacing the floor, although he has struggled with consistency in recent years.

DeMarcus Cousins, C

Career averages: 32.0 minutes, 21.2 points, 10.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists per game

It's hard to know what exactly to expect from Cousins next season.

At his best, Cousins is one of the most dominant centres in the league. He has the handle and vision to be a team's primary creator, the size and skill to punish opponents in the post and range that stretches out to the 3-point line.

The combination has helped Cousins make six All-Star teams in his NBA career, all of which came before his 28th birthday, as well as two All-NBA Second Teams.

Cousins, however, has suffered two serious injuries since January of 2018 - first a torn Achilles, followed by a torn quadriceps muscle - forcing him to miss a total of 86 regular season games and 14 postseason games. Had he not suffered those injuries, there's no way the Lakers would've been able to acquire him on a one-year, $3.5 million deal.

The Lakers are basically giving Cousins the same opportunity that the Warriors did around this time last year - a chance to prove himself on a team that is expected to compete for a championship.

Cousins will be reunited with Davis and Rondo in Los Angeles. The three of them were teammates on the New Orleans Pelicans in 2017-18.

Danny Green, SG

Career averages: 25.4 minutes, 9.0 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals per game

You think the Lakers have learned from the mistakes they made last offseason?

In agreeing to a two-year, $30 million deal with Green, the Lakers picked up one of the best shooters in this free agency class. Green is coming off of a season in which he made a career-high 45.5 percent of his 3-point attempts, which was the second-best rate in the league behind Brooklyn Nets guard Joe Harris.

Most importantly about his fit on the Lakers, Green plays to his strengths, even if it means he doesn't provide much else on offence other than shooting. Having played alongside All-Stars such as Kawhi Leonard, Tim Duncan, Kyle Lowry, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, the Lakers don't have to worry about him stepping on the toes of James and Davis.

Green doubles as an elite perimeter defender, almost making an All-Defensive Team for the second time in his career this past season. He guarded a variety of players during Toronto's championship run, from Jimmy Butler and Klay Thompson to Malcolm Brogdon and D.J. Augustin.

Green is the type of two-way role player this Lakers team desperately needed, especially after they missed out on Leonard.

Rajon Rondo, PG

Career averages: 31.7 minutes, 10.4 points, 8.5 assists, 4.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals per game

Rondo returns to the Lakers on a two-year, $2.6 million contract, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. The second year of his contract is reportedly a player option.

Rondo averaged 8.0 assists per game in his first season with the Lakers, the eighth-highest rate in the league behind the likes of Russell Westbrook, Kyle Lowry and Chris Paul. He averaged only 9.2 points per game, but with the amount of firepower the Lakers now have on offence, his pass-first mentality should help get everyone involved.

A relatively new side of Rondo's game last season was his outside shooting. He made more than one 3-pointer per game (1.1 to be exact) for the first time in his career, and did so at a 35.9 percent clip. If he can continue to be a threat from the perimeter, it will only ease his fit next to James and Davis.

Rondo already has experience playing with Davis, as they were teammates together in New Orleans in 2017-18. According to NBA.com, nobody assisted Davis on more baskets that season than Rondo.

JaVale McGee, C

Career averages: 17.4 minutes, 8.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game

As a member of the Lakers last season, McGee started in 62 of the 75 games he appeared in. In 22.3 minutes per game - the most he's logged since the 2011-12 season - McGee averaged a career-high 12.0 points per game to go along with 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.

McGee was one of the best rim protectors in this free agency class.

The Lakers' best lineups will likely revolve around Davis at centre, but he has spent his entire NBA career alternating between the four and the five. McGee gives them the option of going big by playing them both at the same time, allowing Davis to split his minutes at power forward and centre throughout the season.

McGee signed a two-year, $8.2 million contract with the Lakers, ESPN's Ramona Shelburne reports. McGee was originally expected to start at centre for the Lakers next season, but it remains to be seen how the signing of Cousins impacts his role.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, SG

Career averages: 29.7 minutes, 11.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game

Caldwell-Pope enters his third season with the Lakers. He averaged 12.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game over his first two on 42.8 percent shooting from the field and 36.5 percent from 3-point range.

Caldwell-Pope brings a lot of the same tools Bradley does - the ability to defend guards and space the floor out to the 3-point line - only he's bigger (6-foot-5 compared to 6-foot-2) and younger (26-years-old compared to 28-years-old).

With the Lakers not having much wing depth, there will be a lot of minutes up for grabs for Caldwell-Pope if he can become a more consistent two-way presence.

Caldwell-Pope signed a two-year, $16 million contract with the Lakers, per ESPN's Ramona Shelburne.

Quinn Cook, PG

Career averages: 16.4 minutes, 7.4 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists per game

Cook joins the Lakers following two seasons with the Golden State Warriors, where he played alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant and Draymond Green.

With the experience of being on a team built around multiple stars, it shouldn't take Cook long to adjust to playing with James and Davis.

Cook's greatest asset to the Lakers will be - as is the case with most players on this list - his 3-point shooting. He is a point guard by nature, but Cook can slide off-ball and function more as a shooting guard. He was one of the most efficient spot-up shooters in the league last season, ranking in the 97th percentile with 1.31 points per possession.

Cook provides some playmaking as well, primary as the ball handler in pick-and-rolls.

Cook signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Lakers, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Jared Dudley, PF

Career averages: 23.2 minutes, 7.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists per game

Dudley's numbers don't jump off the page, but he's a smart signing for the Lakers on a one-year, $2.6 million contract.

Dudly has transitioned into being a full-time power forward at the back end of his career, turning himself into primarily a stretch four. Over half of his shot attempts last season were spot-up 3-point attempts, and he made 34.2 percent of those opportunities.

That number was much higher in previous seasons - between 2013-14 and 2017-18, Dudley made 38.3 percent of his catch-and-shoot 3s.

Beyond shooting, the 12-year veteran is a smart passer and a solid defender. He spent a decent amount of time guarding Ben Simmons in Brooklyn's first-round series with Philadelphia and limited the All-Star point guard to six points (3-8 FG) over 82 possessions. He also guarded Joel Embiid for a few possessions to a surprising amount of success.

Dudley is unlikely to draw those types of assignments now that he's on the Lakers, but his versatility will give head coach Frank Vogel the option of using him in a variety of ways depending on what is needed.

Troy Daniels, SG

Career averages: 15.5 minutes, 7.0 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game

Daniels is a pure shooter.

In his six seasons in the NBA, close to three-quarters of his shot attempts have come from the 3-point line. Daniels has made those opportunities at a high rate, combining to shoot 40.0 percent from the perimeter in his career.

Daniels is primarily a spot-up shooter, but he's also comfortable running off of screens. According to NBA.com, he was among the league leaders in scoring on those plays in both the 2016-17 and 2017-18 season, doing so at decent levels of efficiency.

Daniels will be asked to do more of the same on the Lakers - space the floor for James and Davis, both as a standstill shooter and on the move.

Despite being a knockdown shooter, Daniels has never logged more than 20.5 minutes per game in a single season, mostly due to his limitations as a playmaker and defender. He averaged 6.2 points in 14.9 minutes per game in the 2018-19 season with the Phoenix Suns.

Daniels signed a one-year, $2.1 million deal with the Lakers, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

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