Lakers not interested in DeMarcus Cousins return

Rockets center DeMarcus Cousins brings up the ball vs. the Hornets. - AP

The Los Angeles Lakers do not have an interest in bringing back center DeMarcus Cousins, according to the Dan Woike and Broderick Turner of the LA Times.

Cousins, 30, will hit the waiver wire following his release from the Houston Rockets. He was linked to the Lakers as soon as his impending availability became known.

Meanwhile, the Lakers are releasing point guard Quinn Cook, creating a second available roster spot.

“There are no immediate plans to fill Cook’s roster spot, and multiple people with knowledge of the situation said they don’t expect the Lakers to reunite with Houston center DeMarcus Cousins if he becomes available as expected,” Woike and Turner wrote. “The team will, however, monitor the buyout and trade markets for potential additions to their frontcourt.”

Cousins averaged 9.6 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25 games with the Rockets this season. He spent last year on the sidelines with the Lakers after tearing his ACL.

He has also been linked to the Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and several others.

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Sam Amico
Sam Amico is the founder and senior writer of FortyEight Minutes. He has covered the NBA on a full-time basis for OutKick, Sports Illustrated and FOX Sports, and has been a regular contributor to CBS Sports, the Boston Herald and NBA.com.

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