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NBA Rumors: Lakers reportedly waive DeMarcus Cousins

NBA Rumors: Lakers reportedly waive DeMarcus Cousins

After signing Markieff Morris to a contract following the former Wizard's buy out from the Pistons, the Lakers reportedly waived center DeMarcus Cousins to open a roster spot. 

Health has been a major issue over the last two years for Cousins. He hasn't played a game this year thanks to a torn ACL he suffered before the season, and he missed all but 30 games last year due to an Achilles injury he suffered with the Pelicans midway through the 2017-18 season. 

Before injuries robbed Cousins of the majority of his prime, he was arguably the best big man in the game. Prior to his Achilles injury in New Orleans, he was averaging 25.2 points, 12.9 rebounds and 5.4 assists while shooting 47% percent from the floor and 35.4% from three on 6.1 attempts per game. 

For the Wizards, Cousins could represent another low risk, high reward big man acquisition that the Lakers couldn't find any use for. Washington acquired both Thomas Bryant and Moe Wagner from LA for practically nothing and both have played well after their relocation to D.C. 

Also, John Wall played with Cousins at the University of Kentucky and both have mentioned a desire to play together again at some point. Neither player is expected to return from injury this season, so they could both go on an NBA revenge tour together alongside Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans and Rui Hachimura. 

In the meantime, we'll have to wait and see what Cousins decides to do. According to ESPN's Bobby Marks, Cousins won't officially be waived until Sunday. The team who claims him will be able to offer him up to $4.2 million in salary this summer. 

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Wizards put on show for John Wall as he guests on game broadcast

Wizards put on show for John Wall as he guests on game broadcast

Five-time All-Star point guard John Wall made his on-air debut Friday night when the Wizards took on the Mavericks at Capital One Arena. 

He joined Justin Kutcher and Drew Gooden on the NBC Sports Washington broadcast before the game and for the entirety of the first quarter, and the Wizards did not disappoint during his short stint as an analyst. 

Let's start with Isaac Bonga giving Rui Hachimura a birthday gift. 

Friday was Hachimura's second game back from a 22-game absence due to a groin injury he sustained in December.

Bonga was the one who's inadvertent kick caused the rookie's injury, so it's good to see these two involved in a positive play on the court. Ironically enough, Wall was so locked in watching the game that he barely reacted when Hachimura threw down the slam. 

Nobody on this year's roster has played more with Wall than Bradley Beal, so while his longtime backcourt mate is out for the season and making his TV debut, Beal made sure to give him a highlight to talk about. 

Wall mentioned earlier in the broadcast that he's been impressed with Beal's performance leading the Washington offense despite playing shooting guard most of his career. Wall mentioned he himself is working more on his 3-pointer so that when he returns next season, he'll be able to play off-ball while Beal initiates the offense. 

When the Wizards traded Isaiah Thomas to the Clippers in exchange for Jerome Robinson, they needed another point guard. That's when Tommy Sheppard swung a deal with the Nuggets, sending Jordan McRae to Denver for Shabazz Napier. 

Napier's played for six different teams in his first six seasons in the NBA even though he's been productive everywhere he's been. 

On the Wizards, he'll have the chance to share point guard minutes with Ish Smith and perhaps even start some games down the stretch. For a player set to hit free agency this summer, it's hard to ask for a better situation. 

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NBA Rumors: Celtics reportedly made several strong offers to Wizards for Davis Bertans

NBA Rumors: Celtics reportedly made several strong offers to Wizards for Davis Bertans

Davis Bertans was one of the most sought-after bench upgrades on the trade market this season, and now that the trade deadline has come and gone, he remains in Washington D.C.

Tommy Sheppard said in mid-December that despite the interest in Bertans and his upcoming free agency, the Wizards intended to keep him. They've stuck to that plan, even though Danny Ainge and the Celtics apparently tried hard to acquire the Latvian Laser. 

According to Chris Mannix, the Celtics made several strong offers to the Wizards for Bertans, but Washington wouldn't budge. They remain committed to a core of Bertans, Bradley Beal and John Wall. 

The Wizards' reported asking price for Bertans was two first-round picks as of a few hours before the trade deadline. The Celtics had plenty of draft assets to get the deal done, owning three first-rounders in the 2020 draft alone. Boston could have offered two firsts and perhaps Enes Kanter for Bertans, but it appears nothing Ainge could give swayed Sheppard. 

Now the focus will shift to this summer. Bertans will be an unrestricted free agent, able to sign wherever he wants. Few teams have considerable cap space after clubs spent over $3 billion combined in free agency last year, so the fact the Wizards own Bertans' bird rights is more of an advantage than usual. 

Whether you wanted the Wizards to trade Bertans or not, Wall has to be happy the Wizards held on to Bertans and plan to re-sign him. Earlier this week, Wall endorsed Bertans as one of the most impressive Wizards this season and how he can't wait to play with him and Beal at the same time. 

"I think it's very amazing if I get the opportunity to have him and Brad on both ends at one time," Wall said.

If everything goes according to plan, Wizards fans should be in store for an exciting offense for the 2020-21 campaign.

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