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Should the Lakers Bring Back DeMarcus Cousins?

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DeMarcus Cousins was cut by the Lakers to make space for Dion Waiters after the team believed he wouldn’t be ready to play this season after coming off ACL surgery.

With the season set to resume at the end of July, should the Lakers bring Boogie back?

Because of the suspension of the season, Cousins has had more time to recover from his ACL injury that happened in August. It would be almost a calendar year of recovery time, which should mean that Cousins is healthy.

That makes this a matter of two things…

  • Is Cousins basketball ready?
  • Is he willing to come back and be part of the NBA bubble the league is trying to create?

We know that at his best DeMarcus Cousins is an All-Star, but after many years of injuries, that is very unlikely to happen. But we can probably watch a still very productive player. Last season for the Warriors, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 26 minutes. Those numbers are great for the amount of playing time, but the context in which he played also favored him. Also, he only played 30 games, which isn’t a great sample size.

But, do the Lakers need Boogie?

Dwight Howard has been a great player this season and has earned every minute. But adding someone like Boogie wouldn’t be a bad addition in any way.

Now, if the team wants to bring Cousins back they need to cut someone. The two options would be the rookie Talen Horton-Tucker or the player the Lakers signed after cutting Cousins, Dion Waiters. Horton-Tucker has barley had playing time this season. Waiters has not played as a Laker yet, and his last game was late January.

Are the Lakers willing to drop one of them to add Boogie?

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