The fallout for the Lakers from DeMarcus Cousins’ ACL tear is coming into focus in Los Angeles. And it’s not fairly.
Except for the apparent basketball tragedy that’s Cousins’ now injury-riddled profession is the problem the Lakers face attempting to exchange him. With the prime NBA free company interval lengthy over, the reply for the Lakers is to resort to determined measures.
These measures embrace auditioning a forged of NBA facilities whose video games and ages are related for basketball in 2009, not 2019.
Ageing facilities reportedly getting a glance with Lakers
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski stories that along with Dwight Howard, the Lakers are contemplating signing Joakim Noah, Marcin Gortat and Marreese Speights.
Howard, Noah and Speights all have scheduled exercises, whereas Gortat might audition with the workforce after getting back from Europe, in keeping with the report.
Speights, 32, is the youngest of the bunch and the one one to hit greater than six 3-pointers over the course of his NBA profession. After connecting on 22 3-pointers over the primary 9 years of his profession, Speights superior his recreation, hitting 213 over the past three seasons at a 37.2 clip.
Howard, Noah and Gortat — every 33 or older — have all aided their respective growing older out of the league by neglecting to develop skillsets exterior of the submit anticipated of contemporary NBA large males.
Howard’s recreation was changing into much less related when he didn’t work out for the Lakers the primary time — and that was seven years in the past.
However the Lakers desperately want a physique to rotate with JaVale McGee, and that is what they’re left with in late August.
One of many 4 is prone to land with the Lakers, who’ve their sights set on an NBA championship after touchdown Anthony Davis within the offseason.
Trotting somebody like Noah or Gortat out in a playoff sequence wasn’t a part of the unique plan. However now, barring a miracle commerce, there received’t be a lot selection.