The Lakers will reportedly cut center DeMarcus Cousins and sign forward Markieff Morris in corresponding moves meant to shore up the team’s second unit ahead of the postseason.
Cousins has missed the entire season due to injury, and isn’t expected to return this year. Morris reportedly agreed to a contract buyout with the Pistons on Friday, saving the team some money in a lost season, and allowing the nine-year veteran to join a contender.
In a fitting twist, Morris will join in Los Angeles his twin brother Marcus, who was recently acquired by the Clippers in a trade with the Knicks prior the February 6 deadline. The Morrises played together for several years with the Phoenix Suns. Markieff Morris' half-season in Detroit was mostly unremarkable, though he was enjoying something of a breakout from beyond the arc, shooting a career-best 40% on 4.3 three-point attempts per game.
Marcus Morris was pleased by the news, ESPN reported:
"That's my brother man. Man, if he goes to L.A., then I'm gonna be in Staples Center all the time. I think maybe to y'all it might be weird that I'm going to all his games, but that's what'll probably happen. And we'll probably get a house together."
Cousins joined the Lakers in the offseason on a one-year deal. He suffered a torn left ACL in August, effectively ending his season before it even started, though he recently expressed optimism he could return for the playoffs. The 29-year-old big man played in just 30 games last season with the Warriors after returning late in the year from injury. It’s unclear whether there will be interest in his services.