The NBA world was shocked to learn that four-time All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins opted to sign with the defending Champion Golden State Warriors on a modest one-year deal worth $5.3 million.
Stein reported that the Lakers were given a chance to sign Cousins to a similar one-year deal that he received from the Warriors. But Los Angeles decided not to go through with it, and Golden State added a fifth All-Star to their unstoppable lineup.
It's surprising to hear that the Lakers decided not to sign one of the game's premier scorers and rebounders, considering they won the LeBron sweepstakes. The only other impact signing the Lakers have made thus far was signing point guard Rajon Rondo, who hasn't played at an All-Star level for five years.
Los Angeles is the preferred destination for disgruntled San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard, according to reports. But thus far, the Lakers haven't been able to present the right package for the two-time Defensive Player of the Year. And unless something changes, the Lakers will head into 2018-19 without any proper sidekicks to help James out.
With Cousins joining a Warriors team that just won their third championship in four years, many fans and pundits are already proclaiming the 2018-19 season over. The star-studded Dubs haven't had an elite center during their dynasty, but Cousins promises to change that when he returns from his gruesome Achilles injury.
The Lakers had the primary chance to recruit one of the game's top players to play alongside James, and they could very well wind up regretting it. That is, unless they can win the Leonard sweepstakes or land another superstar in the near future.