The Lakers lost out on Kawhi Leonard but have come to terms with big man DeMarcus Cousins - perennially linked to the Celtics, particularly lately as they searched for frontcourt help.
ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski was first with the Cousins news.
Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal with the Lakers, agent Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports tells ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
The Lakers are also bringing back former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, according to Rondo's ex-C's teammate Kendrick Perkins and Wojnarowski.
Perk Bomb! Rondo going back to the Lakers!— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) July 6, 2019
Free agent Rajon Rondo is signing a two-year deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell @ramonashelburne and me.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) July 6, 2019
The move reunites Cousins with Anthony Davis. They were teammates with the New Orleans Pelicans from 2016-18. Rondo also played with the pair in 2017-18 and played with Cousins with the Sacramento Kings in 2015-16.
Cousins, who turns 29 in August, tore his Achilles with New Orleans and while still recovering signed a year ago with the Golden State Warriors. He played the final 30 regular-season games (averaging 16.3 points a game) for Golden State then averaged 7.6 points in eight playoff games.
Rondo, 33, averaged 9.2 points and 8.0 assists in his first season with the Lakers in 2018-19.
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