DeMarcus Cousins and Meyers Leonard were impressive during workouts with the Lakers, coach Darvin Ham told reporters, including Dave McMenamin of ESPN, after Saturday’s practice. Both free agent centers auditioned Friday for L.A., which is seeking frontcourt help with Anthony Davis sidelined by a foot injury.
“They both looked great,” Ham said. “Whether or not we’re able to do something with them is a different story. But we’re constantly trying to kick the tires on different scenarios.”
Cousins, a four-time All-Star, is hoping for another NBA opportunity at age 32 after playing for the Bucks and Nuggets last season. McMenamin notes that Cousins signed with the Lakers as a free agent in 2019, but an injury suffered during that summer prevented him from playing. Even though he was waived in February of that season, he remained close to the team and received a championship ring when L.A. won the title.
Leonard, 30, is hoping to revive his career after being out of the league since 2021 due to injuries and the fallout from an antisemitic slur. During that time, he has been rehabbing after shoulder and ankle surgeries, according to McMenamin, and working to repair his reputation.
There’s more on the Lakers:
- Sterling Brown‘s 10-day contract will expire Sunday night, and Ham was noncommittal when asked if the team plans to keep him on the roster, McMenamin adds. Brown, who also played for Ham when he was an assistant coach with the Bucks, has gone scoreless in four games with L.A. while averaging 2.0 rebounds and 0.8 steals in 6.0 minutes per night. “It depends on our health status and what we feel comfortable doing and making as a next step,” Ham said. The Lakers currently have a full roster and would need to open up a spot before they could sign Cousins or Leonard.
- Davis, who has been out of action since December 16, did some on-court work during today’s practice, tweets Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register. Ham said Davis is “trending in the right direction.”
- Austin Reaves, who’s dealing with a strained left hamstring, was able to do individual drills at practice today, tweets Dan Woike of The Los Angeles Times. Ham said Lonnie Walker is making progress toward returning from left knee tendinitis. Both players are projected to have their conditions reevaluated sometime this week.
14 thoughts on “Lakers Notes: Cousins, Leonard, Brown, Davis, Reaves, Walker”
Cousins and Leanard are defensive liabilities. Fine in back-up minutes, but not ideal for an already defensively challenged team. I like Leonard because he used to be able to run a bit, and shoot the 3. If he can do that reasonably well still, I think he fits the best of the 2 with the Lakers if they need to fill a spot out of desperation, or unforseen need.
The Lakers need a rim runner happy to do the dirty work and play 20 mins a night with AD healthy…
Neither of these guys are that…
Id argue they need a guy like Brook Lopez more at the 5 but those guys just don’t grow on trees. Poetl would be nice but in an odd zone for being worth more than 2nds and less than a (good) first (Which Lal only/has in theory)
Still think if they can gets Bogs from Det they are a dangerous team at full health in a very odd West this year
I live in Portland and we still have ptsd from how much ridiculous money we spent on leonard, but that’s part of being a blazer fan.
It’s time for the Lakers to move on from LeBron and Davis. This Lakers team is so dysfunctional, I don’t think bringing in another all star player will help. They tried with Westbrook and that was a complete disaster. They need move on from the big three and start over (and I’m not saying a complete rebuild like the Celtics did a decade ago). I’m proposing a number of trades so they get NBA talent back, get younger and faster, keep their own draft picks, and add draft picks.
This is my proposal:
1. LA Lakers trade with Washington Wizards that’s a win-win for both teams.
Washington Wizards get:
– Anthony Davis (C) and 2 years left on his contract
– Patrick Beverley (PG) and his expiring contract
LA Lakers get:
– Kyle Kuzma (PF) with 1 year left on his contract
– Kristaps Porziņģis (C) with 1 year left on his contract
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft picks
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft pick swaps
2. LA Lakers trade with Chicago Bulls that’s a win-win for both teams.
Chicago Bulls get:
– Russell Westbrook (PG) and his expiring contract
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft picks from Washington Wizards
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft pick swaps from Washington Wizards
LA Lakers get:
– Zach LaVine (PG/SG) with 4 years left on his contract
– Alex Caruso (PG/SG) with 2 years left on his contract
3. After the end of the season, LA Lakers trade with Golden State Warriors that’s a win-win for both teams.
Golden State Warriors get:
– LeBron James (PF) and 2 years left on his contract
LA Lakers get:
– Andrew Wiggins (SF) with 4 years left on his contract
– Jordan Poole (SG) with 4 years left on his contract
– 2 unprotected 1st round draft picks
2023/24 Lakers Starters:
– Kristaps Porziņģis (C)
– Kyle Kuzma (PF)
– Andrew Wiggins (SF)
– Zach LaVine (PG/SG)
– Jordan Poole (PG/SG)
You have quite the imagination mate. I don’t agree with your take but it was a thrilling read mate.
How is your trade idea a win for the Warriors? Why would the Warriors want to give up all that just to get old? They would be better off keeping those picks.
That starting 5 would win what 25-30 games? Oh I see, the Lakers start the tank for Ron Holland.
You forgot your Patrick Beverley for Giannis and four 1st round picks proposal
Giants74 – Tell me why it’s not a win win for all 4 teams?
GS is 21 & 21
LAL is 19 & 23
CHI is 19 & 24
WAS is 18 & 25
Oh, BOS is 31 & 12 . Which team is going to win the next championship with their current roster?
miltpappas – LMAO. you’re clearly a troll
The Warriors have 40 games left this season. They have probably lost 5-7 games through the inexperience of all their younger guys. Half their roster has 2 or fewer years of experience. They are getting better. They will easily make the playoffs. They struggled in the regular season last year. They didn’t jell until the playoffs.
Isilight – Kuzma, Wiggins and LaVine in the same line up would be fun to watch. They could be the next big three.
Kuzma wants to come back and LaVine wants to be traded to the Lakers. LeBron will help himself and GS win another championship. Losing is not in his DNA and that’s what’s happening now.
LeBron is struggling to stay healthy and definitely on the wrong side of 30.
Why don’t the Warriors pursue Leonard? He gives them size and could be a JaVale McGee type of center for them.