The Los Angeles Lakers put more pieces of their revamped roster together on Saturday, agreeing to a one-year deal with free-agent center DeMarcus Cousins and bringing back point guard Rajon Rondo. ESPN said Cousins' deal is for $2.3 million, citing Cousins' agent, Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the agreement and said that while Cousins, who turns 29 next month, had drawn interest from the Miami Heat, and that former teammate Anthony Davis and several other Lakers convinced him to join them in Los Angeles. If Cousins can stay injury free, he could join with Davis and LeBron James to give the Lakers the big three they have been seeking. The Lakers had hoped the third would be Kawhi Leonard, but he chose to play with the Los Angeles Clippers instead. READ: Leonard-George tandem turns Clippers into legit contender Cousins, a four-time All-Star with the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans, signed a $5.3 million, one-year deal with Golden State … [Read more...] about NBA: Lakers add Cousins, will re-sign Rondo — report
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All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving is "preparing to sign with the Brooklyn Nets" when contracts can officially be completed in free agency on July 6, the Boston Herald reported Thursday. The Herald report cited separate sources pointing to an Irving-Nets union but said the Boston Celtics have not been informed of Irving's plans and remain optimistic he could remain with the team. The top pick in the 2011 draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Irving is a six-time All-Star viewed as one of the best players available in a loaded free agent class this summer. Prior to the just-completed season, Irving grabbed the microphone at TD Garden and told a packed house of season-ticket holders he planned to commit to the Celtics long-term. "I needed just some time to kind of be back in Boston and feel great about different things I wanted to explore in my career," Irving said at the time. He said he dreamt of his No. 11 hanging from the rafters one day, joining the retired numbers of legendary Celtics. … [Read more...] about News NBA: Kyrie Irving moving to Brooklyn?