It wasn't long ago that DeMarcus Cousins was a presence in the NBA. "Boogie" was an All-Star for the Sacramento Kings before getting traded to New Orleans, averaging over 20 PPG and over 10 RPG from 2013 to 2017. Then, he goes to the Warriors in pursuit of an NBA title and has a limited role in their success (granted, injuries hampered his efforts). In fact, in eight postseason games in the 2018-2019 season, he only averaged 7.6 PPG and 4.9 RPG, well below his career averages. Cousins was also marred by costly turnovers and fouls, which played a role in Golden State's demise in the NBA Finals.
That is why I'm saying that this is the end of the career of DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is closing in on 30 (he just turned 29 three days ago) and the NBA doesn't have much room for big men if they are injury prone. He'll probably have a reduced role as a role-player/big man in another team's offense. Some players have seen a renaissance in their new role(s) (hello, Derrick Rose). But the days of Cousins being a factor in the NBA are gone, barring a major comeback.
As for the Lakers, their chances of getting another NBA title take an obvious hit. They lose a depth piece in an arms race with teams like the Clippers, Warriors, and Rockets and are a bit smaller now. Again, that may not be a bad thing considering the direction the NBA has taken recently. But having pieces to compete with the likes of the retooled Clippers is important for teams like the Lakers. Losing Cousins won't help their case one bit.
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