on paper, the Los Angeles Lakers look formidable. The injury to DeMarcus Cousins is seen as a big loss but they did fill up that hole with the signing of Dwight Howard. But then again, there is no telling if the 6-foot-11 can recall the old form that made him a three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.
In short, anything can happen this 2019-20 NBA season. The Lakers could live up to their billing as one of this year’s favorites or flounder. Should they need more manpower heading into the playoffs (assuming they do reach it this far), they now have another chip they can use – a disabled player exception.
Sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic that the Lakers were granted a disabled player exception worth $1.75 million by the NBA for the expected season-ending ACL injury to DeMarcus Cousins. It expires on March 10, 2020.
This means that the Lakers could add a player who would be willing to play for $1.75 million. Seeing how good the chances the purple and gold hold in possibly winning it all, there are a lot of players who are expected to be open to the idea. But this still depends on what the Lakers plan to do with Cousins.
As of this writing, Cousins remains a Laker and the only way a roster spot can open is if the 29-year-old center is waived. Boogie is on a one-year deal with the Lakers and unless he can show he can play at some point, chances are he will be waived to make room for someone who can help the Lakers 2019-20 campaign.
Aside from the injury, Cousins is also facing domestic violence charges. In a previous post, it was detailed how the newly-married NBA star threatened his former girlfriend, Christy West, for now allowing their son to attend his wedding. Cousins married long-time flame Morgan Lang before the domestic violent row cropped up.
Also factoring in is Howard. If the eight-time NBA All-Star can respond well in the company of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers would more likely be inclined to waive him and skim the market for players who can be of help. Right now, it appears the purple and gold could benefit more adding players to any position on the squad.
Recent Los Angeles Lakers rumors involve Danny Green, as in a recent team mailbag, he was projected to play 30+ minutes per game during the 2019-20 season.
There have been some Los Angeles Lakers rumors recently as the team was approved for a Disabled Player Exception. However, that exception does not provide enough money to pay for a majority of the veteran minimum’s.
As a result, with training camp right around the corner, a roster move is unlikely to occur. Instead, the focus will turn to the players that are healthy and ready to contribute. One of those players that people are ready to see in the purple and gold is Danny Green.
Green was the biggest free-agent signing for the Lakers this summer. He received the most lucrative deal from the organization, agreeing to a two-year, $30 million deal. While some people believed this was an overpay for a player who is 32 years old, he is a great fit for this roster.
Last offseason, after signing LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka inexplicably went in a different direction to fill out the roster. Instead of signing shooters and floor spacers, they signed players they considered playmakers and defenders. The results were disastrous.
This offseason, with Pelinka leading the way, they landed Anthony Davis and went back to the bread and butter of building a roster around James; shooting, shooting and more shooting. Green is integral to that plan.
Throughout his career, Green has showcased incredible marksmanship from the 3-point line. He is a 40.4 percent shooter in his career and steps it up when the lights get brightest. He is 17th all-time in career playoff 3-pointers and has knocked down 47.1 percent of his 3-point attempts in the NBA Finals.
In addition to his lights-out shooting, Green is also a great defender. He will be relied upon throughout the season to provide stellar perimeter defense throughout the season. And if things go according to plan, we could see him doing that a lot in each game.
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com recently did a mailbag on the website. One of the things he discussed was Green, and he predicted that Green would play 30+ minutes per game.
That would easily set a career-high for minutes, as the most minutes Green has averaged in a season is 28.5 in 2014-15. Even in the postseason, Green has surpassed 30 minutes per game only once. That came during the 2012-13 season when he averaged 31.9 minutes per game.
While having a player of Green’s caliber on the court that many minutes would help the team, they should not burn him out before the postseason.
Los Angeles has some solid depth in the backcourt, as Avery Bradley and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope are capable shooting guards. In specific situations, Alex Caruso could also fill in depending on how the point guard situation shakes out. Troy Daniels is another player that could help spread the floor with his 3-point shooting.
The Lakers want Green out there, but having him set a new career-high in minutes played, at 32-years old, could be a questionable decision. The team would be better off using Green for the 25-28 minutes he is used to during the regular season and then pushing him to 30+ during the postseason.
If the Lakers are relying on Green for 30+ minutes per game, that isn’t an ideal situation.