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Report: Lakers waiving DeMarcus Cousins; Would Celtics be a good fit?

Report: Lakers waiving DeMarcus Cousins; Would Celtics be a good fit?

The Los Angeles Lakers reportedly are set to move on from DeMarcus Cousins.

Cousins, who has missed the entire season recovering from a torn ACL, will be waived by L.A. according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne. The move makes room for the Lakers to sign Markieff Morris after he was bought out by the Detroit Pistons.


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Cousins never got the chance to suit up for the Lakers after signing a $3.5 million contract over the summer. The four-time All-Star has been plagued by injuries over the last couple of seasons, missing all but 30 games in the 2017-18 campaign with a torn Achilles.

Earlier this week, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said there's a real chance Cousins could return in time for the postseason.

“He’s on track to get healthy by the playoffs, and we’ll have to see where he’s at with rhythm and conditioning and timing and all that stuff,” Vogel said, per Kurt Helin of NBC Sports. “But there’s a possibility he returns this season, yes.”

If Cousins can get healthy by the time playoffs roll around, he makes for an interesting low-risk, high-reward option for a Boston Celtics team that could use the size and bench depth.

Prior to the Achilles injury that derailed his 2017-18 season, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game. If healthy, the 29-year-old is among the most dominant big men in the game. But that's a big "if."

It's unlikely the C's will shake up their current roster by adding Cousins, but it's worth noting as a possibility. Especially if they can acquire him on a veteran minimum contract.

How Kobe Bryant once used a cutout of Paul Pierce as 'motivation'

How Kobe Bryant once used a cutout of Paul Pierce as 'motivation'

Kobe Bryant will forever be remembered as one of the fiercest competitors in sports history. That unmatched competitiveness was amplified whenever his Los Angeles Lakers faced off against their archrival, the Boston Celtics.

Two months after the Lakers fell to the C's in the 2008 NBA Finals, Bryant headed to China to take part in the Summer Olympics. There, he helped the United States earn its first gold medal since 2000.

But the sting from his loss to the Celtics overshadowed the euphoria of his Olympics victory.

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WNBA star Sue Bird, who also was in China for the '08 Games, told a great story about witnessing Bryant's competitive attitude while drinking wine and playing card games with him that summer.

“He was fresh off [the Finals loss] and you could tell [he was still thinking it]” Bird told Los Angeles Sparks star and ESPN analyst Chiney Ogwuimike.“… [We were] just kicking it and he saw this newspaper — it was something about the Lakers series and blah blah blah — and there was a picture of Paul Pierce celebrating.

“And he didn’t say a word. He didn’t say anything. But we saw him take the paper. He started cutting out the Paul Pierce picture. He folded it up and put it in his pocket and was like, ‘Motivation.’ And we were like, ‘Oh, it never stops with him.’ And you can tell.”

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There never will be another player like the "Black Mamba."

Bryant tragically passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26 along with his daughter, Gianna, and seven others. He was 41 years old.

You can listen to Pierce reminisce about the C's Finals win over the Lakers in the Celtics Talk Podcast below:

Here's how Celtics' Gordon Hayward is staying busy amid coronavirus outbreak

Here's how Celtics' Gordon Hayward is staying busy amid coronavirus outbreak

Boston Celtics forward Gordon Hayward is spending some much needed time with his family, but he's probably seen Disney's "Frozen" more times than he's wanted to. 

"I think I've watched 'Frozen' 35 times already," Hayward said, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe. 

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Watching Disney films isn't the only thing the 30-year-old gamer is doing -- Hayward told Lowe he's been teaching his daughters how to play Mario Kart and Pokemon. While Hayward is one of the NBA's biggest video game nerds, he, unfortunately, isn't participating in the NBA 2K Tournament that begins on Saturday.

While his daughters are enjoying watching movies and playing video games, Hayward says they're missing the TD Garden court. 

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"This was the first season they actually liked to go," Hayward said. "And not to watch me play. Just to hang out. They miss that."

Hayward probably misses it even more. He's averaging 17.3 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game while shooting 50.2 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from beyond the arc. In the C's final game before the NBA hit pause on the 2019-20 campaign, Hayward tallied 27 points against the Indiana Pacers with 10 rebounds. 

If the NBA season does resume at any point in the future, Hayward should be well-rested and ready to go.