Lakers turn to DeMarcus Cousins after Kawhi Leonard failure

4 reasons the Lakers need to sign De Marcus Cousins if they don't get Kawhi Leonard

After losing out on the Kawhi Leonard sweepstakes, Los Angeles landed multiple top free agents as consolation prizers. With the Lakers missing out on Kawhi Leonard, Cousins reportedly agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Lakers, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Saturday, citing league sources. Rondo, who also played with Davis and Cousins in the Big Easy, averaged 9.2 points with eight assists last season for the Purple and Gold.

Cousins averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 regular-season games for the Warriors last season after returning from an Achilles injury.

According to reports, the Miami Heat were interested in Cousins, but Anthony Davis and other players helped persuade Cousins to join them in L.A.

Cousins suffered a torn quadriceps muscle in Game 2 of the Warriors' first-round National Basketball Association playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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Davis didn't have to tell Cousins much.

In addition to the new opportunity, Cousins will be reunited with Davis and Rajon Rondo during their brief time together on the Pelicans during the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season. As the 28-year-old was on the brink of a max deal, the hope is he can return to his All-Star form.

Caldwell-Pope, McGee, Green, Cook and Cousins join a rebuilding Lakers team that has seen a lot of change since the season ended.

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