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Reports: Lakers add Cousins, bring back Rondo

Reports: Lakers add Cousins, bring back Rondo

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.

The Lakers are also bringing back former Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo, according to Rondo's ex-C's teammate Kendrick Perkins and Wojnarowski.

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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Edelman has an NBA scoop you may have missed

Edelman has an NBA scoop you may have missed

Never shy about showing his NBA allegiance, Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman joked on Twitter about a scoop we may have missed amid the flurry of recent free agent and trade news around the Association, including Kawhi Leonard and Paul George surprising the basketball world by joining forces with the Los Angeles Clippers.

A two-sport star? Got a feeling there's a coach and quarterback in Foxboro who wouldn't be too keen on the Celtics keeping their new 5-foot-10 point guard away from Gillette Stadium this fall. 

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Clippers transform into a favorite after Kawhi Leonard, Paul George double dip

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Clippers transform into a favorite after Kawhi Leonard, Paul George double dip

An earthquake stopped the NBA’s summer league on Friday night, but that will be a footnote compared to the seismic shift that shook the league a few hours later.

Kawhi Leonard is headed to the L.A. Clippers and so is Paul George. The Clippers reportedly are signing Leonard to a four-year, $141 million deal and netting George in a monster trade. The Clippers reportedly will send Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Danilo Gallinari to the Oklahoma City Thunder along with a historic boatload of picks, including four unprotected first-rounders, a protected first-round pick and two pick swaps.