Los Angeles Lakers sign DeMarcus Cousins to one-year deal

DeMarcus Cousins
Jan 20, 2018; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) and center DeMarcus Cousins (0) during the second half against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans defeated the Grizzlies 111-104. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers have signed center DeMarcus Cousins to a one-year, $2.3 million deal according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Cousins was also receiving interest from the Miami Heat.

The big man played last season with the Golden State Warriors after suffering a torn Achilles tendon the previous year.

Cousins struggled for parts of his return from injury but was still productive for the finalists. He averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game last season but struggled with shooting and defense.

The former Pelicans and Kings center is the latest of a flurry of signings by the Lakers in the aftermath of the Kawhi Leonard decision.

Cousins is a low-risk acquisition but could pay off in a big way if he continues to recover from his injury. He will man the frontcourt with Anthony Davis who was his teammate in New Orleans.

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