The Los Angeles Lakers have waived center DeMarcus Cousins on Friday afternoon according to ESPN. After signing a one-year deal with the Lakers this past summer, Cousins suffered a torn left ACL during a pickup game in Las Vegas and has not played a game all season.
Lakers are waiving DeMarcus Cousins, league sources tell @Ramonashelburne and me.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) February 22, 2020
After a recent appearance on Showtime’s “All The Smoke” podcast, Cousins was optimistic about returning to the court for the Lakers before the end of the season.
According to multiple reports, the Lakers are clearing a roster spot to sign power forward Markieff Morris who was recently bought out by the Detroit Pistons. Morris reportedly expressed interest in joining the Lakers but still has to clear waivers to complete the transaction. The Lakers and Morris have agreed on a contract for him to become a Laker for the remainder of the season, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. Morris was keen on the idea of becoming the Lakers’ backup power forward Charania added.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 21, 2020
Morris has been shooting a career-high 39.7 percent from three-point this season and is averaging 11.0 points and 3.9 rebounds per game.
Coincidentally, Morris’s twin brother Marcus Morris, who the Lakers were in the hunt to trade for at the NBA Trade Deadline, ended up signing with Western Conference opponents the Los Angeles Clippers.