2019 Free Agency

Reports: DeMarcus Cousins, Rajon Rondo agree to deals with Lakers

Free agent center DeMarcus Cousins has agreed to a one-year deal to join the Lakers, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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 averaged 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds in 30 regular-season games for the Warriors last season after returning from an Achilles injury. Cousins later suffered a torn left quadriceps in the first round of the playoffs, but returned to action in the NBA Finals.

The Lakers weren’t done fleshing out their roster in the wake of Kawhi Leonard opting for Los Angeles’ other team. Per Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne, Rajon Rondo will return to the Lakers on a two-year deal.

Rondo averaged 9.2 points and 8.0 assists in 46 games for Los Angeles last season. He also played alongside Cousins and Anthony Davis in New Orleans in 2017-18. Those three players helped lead the Pelicans to just their second playoff appearance since 2011.