Contrary to what was said in the last couple of months, the Los Angeles Lakers look reportedly don’t see with good eyes re-signing DeMarcus Cousins after this season is over. The big man signed with the Lakers last offseason, but he went down with an injury before the start of the season. The team waived him to make room for Markieff Morris, but everybody believed they were going to reunite with Boogie in the offseason.
Well, none of it’s going to happen, according to ESPN’s NBA insider Brian Windhorst, who reveals what he thinks is going to happen with Boogie in the offseason. For Windhorst, the Lakers won’t re-sign him and will focus on a different player for the job.
“I don’t think DeMarcus Cousins is looking at a make-good contract, even if it’s more than a minimum. I think that after a series of injuries he’s had, all of which indicates that he’s coming back too fast, doing too much, he needs even more time of coming back from this. He’s gonna have a job in the league, but I don’t think it’s gonna be a big money,” the NBA insider said.
Windhorst said the Purple and Gold will likely keep Dwight Howard and see what can get for him one more season instead of having ‘a mystery’ with Cousins. Howard landed in L.A. to fill the void left by Boogie, but he’s earned his place in the team with his performances this campaign, where the Lakers were having the best record in the West while beating their maximum rivals.
This season Howard was averaging 7.5 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game while shooting 73.2% from the field and 60.0% from deep. He’s played in 62 games with the Lakers this term, starting in two of them. D-12 was set to recover his place in the league and now he’s done it.
Boogie has been linked with several teams around the league, so this offseason can be very interesting for him.