Report: DeMarcus Cousins to the Lakers

Free-agent C DeMarcus Cousins has signed with the Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

It is a one-year deal, according to the report.

The 28-year-old Cousins spent last season with the Golden State Warriors. In 30 regular season games, he averaged 16.3 ppg, 8.2 rpg, and 3.6 apg.  The four-time All-Star will be reunited with his former teammate in New Orleans, Anthony Davis.

If he can stay healthy, Cousins can help the Lakers. Also, it would put him in line to get a big raise the following season.

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Report: Leonard, George to the Clippers

The Los Angeles Clippers have just broken the internet. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Clippers will sign free agent Kawhi Leonard, but it does not stop there. The Clippers have acquired OKC’s Paul George in exchange for Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Danilo Gallinari, and four unprotected first-round picks, one protected first-round pick, and two pick swaps, according to Wojnarowski.

This is a stunner. Many believed Leonard was going to sign with either the Lakers or Raptors, but in the end, the Clippers got it done.

There is going to be a lot of great basketball at Staples Center next season.

Cris Carter: Kawhi will not make decision today

Six days into NBA free agency, and we still do not know where Kawhi Leonard will play next season, and according to NFL Hall of Famer and Leonard confidant, Cris Carter, we won’t find out today.

Here is what Carter tweeted out today:

Leonard can get the most money and years if he stays in Toronto. He can sign a five-year, $190 million deal with the Raptors. The 28-year-old NBA Finals MVP could also sign a two-year contract with Toronto, which would get Leonard to 10 years of service, and will allow him to sign for the highest max deal in 2021.

At this point, it seems it will come down to the Lakers and Raptors, but in reality, who knows. I guess we might have to wait until tomorrow.

Kenny Smith on Kawhi Leonard: ‘Without question, he’s gotta take his time’

The first day of free agency in the NBA saw a lot of big names come off the board. Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went to Brooklyn, Jimmy Butler went to Miami, and Kemba Walker went to Boston, but there is still one big name out there, and that is NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard, and according to reports, it seems it will come down to the Clippers, Lakers, and Raptors. Where will he go? Who knows, but according to TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith, Leonard needs to take his time.

“I think he really has to take his time, honestly because he doesn’t have the opportunity to make this decision again,” Smith told TMZ Sports about Leonard. “This is the biggest decision for him at this stage of his life and his career that he can’t just make that decision that quickly. Kevin Durant and all those guys have had big contracts before. This is his first huge, mega contract, so, without question, he’s gotta take his time.”

Leonard is more than likely going to get a max contract wherever he goes, but he can get an extra year and more guaranteed money if he decides to stay in Toronto. Also, he will have a chance to help the Raptors defend their NBA title. If he does go to the Lakers and joins LeBron and Anthony Davis, obviously that would be a tough team to beat.

Leonard’s last big contract came in 2015 when he signed a max contract at five-years, $94 million with San Antonio. Leonard is always composed on the court and can get to all his spots while taking his time and staying under control, and he seems to be handling free agency in the same manner. He’ll make his decision, but only when he is ready to do so.

Are the 2019 Warriors turning into the 1989 Lakers?

In 1989, the Los Angeles Lakers were looking to be the first team to win three straight NBA titles since the Celtics did it in the 1960s. After having the best record in Western Conference, and working their way to the NBA Finals, Los Angeles seemed poised to three-peat, but for that to happen, the Lakers needed to beat the “Bad Boy” Detroit Pistons, a team Los Angeles beat in a tight, seven-game series in the 1988 NBA Finals.

However, on their way to trying to win three straight NBA titles, the 1988-89 Los Angeles Lakers ran into some problems. Before Game 1 of the 1989 NBA Finals, Byron Scott injured his hamstring in practice, which forced him to miss the series. Also, in Game 2, the regular season MVP, Magic Johnson would injure his hamstring, which caused him to miss the rest of the series. Those injuries were a big reason why the Pistons swept the Lakers in the 1989 NBA Finals.

Thirty years later we could be seeing a similar script with the 2018-19 Golden State Warriors. The Warriors are trying to three-peat, and after losing Game 3 123-109, the Raptors lead the NBA Finals 2-1.

Golden State is without Kevin Durant, who has not played in the NBA FInals and has been ruled out of Game 4 after injuring his calf in Western Conference semifinals against Houston, and they were without Klay Thompson in Game 3. Good thing for the Warriors, Thompson is expected to return in Game 4. How healthy Thompson will be is uncertain. Kevon Looney, who has contributed off the Warriors’ bench, could miss the rest of the series with a non-displaced first costal cartilage fracture. Also, star C DeMarcus Cousins recently returned from a quad injury,  and while he was effective in Game 2, he was not very good in Game 3 and looked very sluggish.

The Warriors are breaking down right in front of our eyes.

Golden State has played a lot of basketball in the last five seasons. The Warriors have been to the NBA Finals five straight years. Before the 1989 Finals, the Lakers had played in three out the last four NBA Finals. 1989 made it four out of five NBA Finals appearances for Los Angeles.

While the Lakers were able to make it back to the NBA Finals in 1991(lost to Bulls in five), the Lakers’ Dynasty was pretty much done after 1989.

Could the Warriors suffer a similar fate? Durant and Thompson can become free agents in the summer. Thompson is probably going to return, but Durant’s return is still up in the air at this point.

Anything can happen, but as the Finals continue on, it is becoming evident that the 2019 Warriors could end up like the 1989 Lakers.

 

Jay Williams on LeBron’s reaction to Magic leaving Lakers: ‘You did the same thing twice'(Video)

When former Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson abruptly quit before the team’s season finale, many were surprised, including LeBron James.

“Man, get the f— out of my face,” James recently said about his initial reaction to Magic leaving on “The Shop,” which airs on HBO. “You b******ng.”

Today, former NBA player Jay Williams gave his thoughts on James’ reaction to Magic leaving the Lakers on ESPN’s First Take:

It is slightly different. Magic quit right on the spot, and the two times LeBron left Cleveland, he did it as a free agent, which means he fulfilled his contract. So, it was his right to leave the Cavaliers. Just like it is Magic’s right to quit his job with the Lakers, but I find what Magic did to be a little worse because you don’t leave a job in that way, especially without telling a woman who you have a lot of respect for in Lakers owner Jeanie Buss.

Is this LeBron’s karma for the way he left Cleveland? Who knows, but in life, what goes around,  comes around.

Magic Johnson: ‘I was happier when I wasn’t president'(VIDEO)

In a total shocker, Magic Johnson has resigned as president of basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers.

The 59-year-old Johnson made the announcement before the team’s game against the Blazers on Tuesday night in Los Angeles. Johnson took over for Mitch Kupchak in February 2017.

According to Johnson, he had not told Lakers owner Jeanie Buss or GM Rob Pelinka about his decision.

Obviously, the highlight of Johnson’s time with Lakers was the signing of LeBron James. The biggest disappointment has to be not making the playoffs this season.

Listen below as Magic explains why he is stepping down:

 

Baron Davis believes Kobe Bryant could have led the Lakers to the playoffs

The Los Angeles will most likely miss the playoffs this season, which is a shocker. When they signed LeBron James in the offseason, the thought was that Los Angeles would at least make the playoffs, but then, things started to go wrong.

James would miss 17 games with a groin injury. Lonzo Ball went down with an ankle injury, and finally, Kyle Kuzma(ankle) and Brandon Ingram(deep vein thrombosis) have had injuries as well.

On top of injuries, the Anthony Davis trade talks seem to hurt this team, but most people want to blame James. However, according to former NBA player Baron Davis, it’s not all on LeBron.

“You can’t just put all the blame on LeBron,” Davis told TMZ Sports. “I think the Lakers got disconnected from what they was trying to do,  what their mission was, and the trades and all that sh**. That sh** don’t bode well for nobody, dog. It’s tough to play for somebody and give your heart and soul to somebody, and your name on the trading block, so when you’re young, it’s hard to bounce back from that sh**.”

Davis does believe that a 34-year-old Kobe Bryant could have led this team to the playoffs, but he does think James could have as well if the Lakers were able to stay healthy.

“LeBron could have got it done, too, but you have to factor in injuries… “It’s hypothetical, but of course, Kobe could do it, it’s f*cking Kobe Bryant.”

The 2012-13 Lakers did have Dwight Howard, Steve Nash, and Pau Gasol. While those guys were not at their best, you could argue that Kobe Bryant had a lot more help than LeBron. Also, like the 2018-19 Lakers, the 2012-13 team had injuries issues as well. Nash played in 50 games that season, while Gasol played only 49 games. Howard had a solid season, but he was struggling to come back from a back injury, and Bryant would eventually go down with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Unfortunately for Lakers fans, Kobe could not have saved the Lakers this season. He barely got the 2012-13 team to the playoffs. In the end, this is all wishful thinking for Laker fans.

Clippers waive Michael Beasley

The L.A. Clippers have waived forward Michael Beasley, the team announced today. Beasley came to the Clippers, with Ivica Zubac, from the Lakers in exchange for Mike Muscala on Thursday before the NBA trade deadline.

Beasley, 30, was initially appeared in 26 games for the Lakers this season, averaging 7.0 points and 2.3 rebounds, while shooting 49 percent from the field in 10.7 minutes.

The 6’9”, 235-pound forward holds career averages of 12.4 points and 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 46.5 percent from the field in 22.8 minutes in 609 appearances across 11 NBA seasons with Miami, Minnesota, Phoenix, Houston, Milwaukee, New York