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Report: DeMarcus Cousins, Lakers have interest in re-signing next season

DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins’ time with the Los Angeles Lakers did not work out this season, but he may have a chance for a do-over next season.

The Lakers waived Cousins on Friday to make room for Markieff Morris, who was waived after reaching a buyout with the Detroit Pistons.

Cousins, who is recovering from a torn ACL over the summer, remains on good terms with the Lakers and plans to continue rehabbing with the team, though he cannot fly with them or attend their games.

The Athletic’s Joe Vardon reports that Cousins and the Lakers have expressed mutual interest in the center re-signing with the team.

Though this sounds great, there are obvious risks to re-signing Cousins. His injury issues when he tore his left Achilles tendon in early 2018. Then he hurt his left quad last year in the playoffs with the Warriors. And then he tore the ACL in his left knee.

The Lakers have used both JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard at center this season. Howard is on a one-year contract, while McGee has a $4.2 million player option for next season.

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