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The reason the Wizards wouldn't sign DeMarcus Cousins is obvious, but not so much for other teams

The reason the Wizards wouldn't sign DeMarcus Cousins is obvious, but not so much for other teams

NBA free agency was a frenzy on Sunday night as top players across the league were shipped to new franchises in league-altering moves. 

But one superstar that was not part of the madness that occurred to tip off the new NBA year is DeMarcus Cousins. Nearly a full two days since the start of free agency, there has been reportedly no interest from NBA teams for the four-time All-Star. 

Cousins, coming off a one-year mid-level exception worth $5.3 million with the Golden State Warriors, has "no market" according to Adrian Wojnarowski.  That considered, the door could be open for several teams to pick up the 6-11 center on an inexpensive deal.

The Wizards obviously do not have the cap room that would necessitate signing Cousins. The only chance would be if 28-year-old decides to take another 'prove it' contract as he did in Oakland last season. Even still, it would not be that likely.

Since Washington has Dwight Howard on the books at $5.6 million, just signed Thomas Bryant to a three-year, $25 million deal, and has Ian Mahinmi making $16 million, there is no room left at the center spot. And that is not to mention the contracts of John Wall and Bradley Beal affecting the salary cap.

However, no teams being in on Cousins is quite puzzling. Despite his injury history -- a torn Achilles in 2018 and a torn quad in 2019 -- he is still one of the more productive post players in the league. He played in 30 games last year, averaging 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds for the best team in the Western Conference. Throughout his career Cousins has been a dominant post player with the ability to take over games.

Perhaps teams are waiting to see where the bigger fish fall (ie. Kawhi Leonard) before moving forward on a player like Cousins. But for now, he is without a home for the upcoming year. 

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Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

Lakers reportedly showing interesting in ex-Wizards centers Dwight Howard and Marcin Gortat

With the search on to find some replacement depth following DeMarcus Cousins' ACL injury, the Los Angeles Lakers are currently evaluating all options and available players. In the group of potential matches, there's no shortage of players with D.C. ties.

First, it was center Dwight Howard who appeared on the radar. It was reported on Sunday that the Lakers were preparing to open up discussions with the 33-year old center. Howard, who played for L.A. during the 2012-13 season, only appeared in nine games for the Wizards last season while dealing with injury issues.

But, he's not the only former-Wizard in the discussions. A new report states that while the Lakers are preparing to host a workout for Howard, they will also potentially be giving Marcin Gortat a look, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

Gortat spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Los Angeles Clippers averaging 5.0 points per game and 5.6 rebounds in 47 games. Prior to that, he spent five seasons in Washington, proving to be a valuable asset at times. The 35-year old averaged at least 10 points and eight rebounds in four of his five years with the Wizards.

It's still relatively unknown who the Lakers will go with when it comes time to add depth, but there seems to be a good chance that a former-Wizard could be joining Lebron and company for the upcoming season. 

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7 stats that define John Wall's history-making career (so far)

7 stats that define John Wall's history-making career (so far)

This week is Wall Week at NBC Sports Washington. We are rolling out content each day centering around the Wizards' five-time All-Star point guard. Today, we take a deep dive into the numbers to illustrate Wall's career in Washington so far...

**Wall's career averages of 19.0 points and 9.2 assists put him in elite company. Only three other players in league history have averaged at least 19 and nine with at least 500 games played; Magic Johnson, Oscar Robertson and Isiah Thomas. Only Johnson and Robertson have also averaged at least four rebounds in addition, like Wall has.

**Wall is already well-represented on the Wizards/Bullets franchise's all-time leaderboards. He is first in career assists (5,282) and steals (976), second in free throws (2,456), third in points (10,879) and minutes played (20,545) and fourth in threes made (539). He is already third all-time in VORP (value over replacement player), a cumulative stat similar to WAR (wins above replacement) in baseball. Only Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes accrued more while in Washington.

**Wall has also put up some of the best individual seasons in franchise history. He has the No. 1, 3, 4 and 7 highest assist totals with his best year the 2016-17 season when he dished out 831. 

**Wall's 2016-17 campaign was also the only season in franchise history where a player averaged 20-plus points and 10-plus assists. He has 111 20-point, 10-assist games in his career which is by far the most in franchise history. Second on the list is Rod Strickland with 43. Gilbert Arenas is third with 24.

**Wall has 396 career blocks. Only six guards in NBA history have recorded more. Those six are Dwayne Wade (885), Clyde Drexler (719), Dennis Johnson (675), Jason Kidd (450), Kendall Gill (432) and Latrell Sprewell (399). Only Johnson and Kidd played most of their time at point guard, so Wall is third all-time at his position.

**Wall's 5,282 career assists are fifth among active players. Only Chris Paul (9,181), LeBron James (8,662), Rajon Rondo (6,975) and Russell Westbrook (5,701) have more.

**Unfortunately, injuries have significantly affected Wall's last two seasons. He has played a combined 73 regular season games the past two years. For context, he has played the same amount of games as Gordon Hayward, who appeared in just one game in 2017-18. And DeMarcus Cousins, despite going through a full rehab from a torn Achilles during that time, played in more games (78) than Wall.

NBA.com and Basketball Reference were used in this research

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