DeMarcus Cousins to the Lakers became a major talking point this evening following Los Angeles' decision to renounce the rights of restricted free agent Julius Randle, but some new developments make it seem like it's going to be tough to pull off.
The Lakers have signed veteran point guard Rajon Rondo to a one-year contract for $9 million. This leaves Los Angeles will little room to work with.
ESPN NBA money guru Bobby Marks tweeted out that the Lakers have just under $6 million in room.
ESPN NBA insider Marc J. Spears then appeared on SportsCenter and was asked about the Lakers' potential interest in Cousins.
"Unlikely," he said when asked about Los Angeles being able to pull off a move for Cousins.
There are some things Los Angeles could do to make more space, like trading Loul Deng or stretching the remainder of his contract, but that would be a costly move.
With several star NBA players set to hit free agency in 2019 - and some of them sure to be interested in the Lakers - a move for Cousins could be too hampering at this point.
It's the Lakers, though, so you never know. And, based on some of the moves the franchise has already made this summer, them figuring out a way to add Cousins wouldn't be shocking.