Well it’s finally happened. The Lakers have parted ways with Demarcus Cousins in order to pick up forward/center Markieff Morris, who was just recently waived by the Detroit Pistons.
Morris and the Pistons negotiated a buyout that left $4.3 million of his contract on the table. Rumors have it that the Lakers are going to come at him full-force if he clears waivers on Sunday.
Demarcus Cousins, unfortunately, has not played a game this season with a torn ACL. His list of season-ending injuries trace back to his all-star 2017-2018 season with the Pelicans — where he ruptured his achilles tendon. It hasn’t helped that he has been in some legal trouble outside the court as well, which kept teams skeptical about whether they wanted him on their team or not. “Boogie” Cousins is a very popular man in the Lakers’ locker room, and it might be tough for some of his teammates to see him go.
Markieff Morris has a completely different story. In this season with the Pistons alone, he has played 44 games, averaging 11 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 1.6 assists a game. He is a great role-player that can help a team change their momentum — being fresh off of the bench.
Morris’ twin brother, Marcus, was picked up by the Los Angeles Clippers just before the trade deadline. Nothing like adding a little sibling rivalry to city rivalry, am I right?!?
The biggest thing that this move tells me is that the LA Lakers aren’t waiting for anyone. If they were to wait a year, Demarcus Cousins might return back to his all-star caliber self (assuming he didn’t get injured again). Markieff Morris can help the Lakers get better now.
The Lakers are going all in and burning the ships to make sure that come the middle of June, they will all be wearing new rings.