Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup After DeMarcus Cousins Signing

Lakers Roster DeMarcus Cousins

Getty DeMarcus Cousins of the Golden State Warriors reacts in the fourth quarter against the Toronto Raptors.

After making a major splash to finally acquire Anthony Davis via trade, the Los Angeles Lakers were able to find a home for the contracts of Isaac Bonga, Moritz Wagner, and Jemerrio Jones as they freed up a max salary slot to go out and find themselves a third superstar. Unfortunately, they weren’t able to make that happen.

Coming off a disappointing season where they finished 10th in the Western Conference, injuries to Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson have put the conference up in the air heading into next year. With seemingly a wide-open race in the West and a budding superpower sharing their building, the Lakers are forced to build a supporting cast out of what is left in the free agency pool.

They made initial moves to grab Danny Green, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and JaVale McGee quickly as the clock was ticking on their available cap space.

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Lakers Roster & Starting Lineup After Free Agency Signings

* – Denotes Starter

PG: Rajon Rondo
SG: Danny Green
SF: LeBron James
PF: Anthony Davis
C: DeMarcus Cousins

Bench: Kyle Kuzma, JaVale McGee, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Quinn Cook, Troy Daniels, Jared Dudley, Talen Horton-Tucker, Zach Norvell Jr. (Two-Way), Alex Caruso, Jonathan Williams (RFA)

Lakers Roster Outlook

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Signing McGee gives the Lakers a quality big man they know can play at a starting level alongside LeBron James. This allows Davis to function as more of a deadly game-changing weapon in the power forward position where he feels more comfortable playing – and is better suited to take advantage of his freakishly athletic gifts. Meanwhile, signing both Green and Caldwell-Pope helps to address some of the shooting and defensive depth concerns that surrounded the roster.

The biggest remaining need on the roster is at point guard and with Rajon Rondo still available and seemingly open to making a return to the Lakers, they could bring him on via a cheap, team-friendly deal. The Lakers could also look to free agent Jeremy Lin after adding Quinn Cook as possible fillers for even more depth at point guard.

The Lakers also made a move for DeMarcus Cousins and are taking a gamble on the talented center. Cousins at his best is a dominant interior force and taking a chance on him returning to being even a fraction of the All-NBA talent that he was before injuries could be well worth the seemingly non-existent price.

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