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Here's Why The Lakers Reportedly Passed On Signing DeMarcus Cousins

demarcus cousins speaks to reporters with the pelicans

The Golden State Warriors took advantage of a depressed market for big man DeMarcus Cousins. They inked the All-Star center to a one-year, $5.3 million deal on Monday.

Of course, the major reason many teams weren't interested in Cousins, no matter how talented he is, is because of his health. He is recovering from a torn Achilles, suffered in January.

There's no guarantee when Cousins will be ready to play this season, and Achilles injuries are especially tough on big men.

Most people expected the Los Angeles Lakers to ink Cousins to play alongside LeBron James. However, they ultimately weren't interested enough to sign him, and his health appears to be the reason.

Marc Stein of the New York Times has some details on why LA passed on Boogie.

The Lakers' thinking is sensible, but time will tell if they made the right decision. Cousins has his warts, but he would be a legitimate second star alongside LeBron James if healthy.

However, perhaps the Lakers are looking to build this thing with LeBron slower than anticipated. They obviously want to win this year, but may be looking at 2019 and beyond to be a true championship contender.

LeBron will be there for four seasons, so they have some time to build with him.