Sources: Demarcus Cousins Expected to Work Out with Los Angeles Lakers

Chris HaynesJanuary 6, 2023

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 25:  LeBron James #23 and Anthony Davis #3 talk with DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers on the bench during a time out in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on December 25, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Four-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins is expected to work out for the Los Angeles Lakers at some point next week, league sources tell Bleacher Report. The official date has yet to be determined, sources say.

He has been working out six days a week in Las Vegas. The free-agent center hopes to impress a Lakers franchise in evaluation mode. As of Jan. 5, teams are now allowed to sign players to 10-day contracts.

Cousins, an 11-year veteran, has been working tirelessly to earn a path back to the NBA after stints with the Milwaukee Bucks and Denver Nuggets last season. As the primary backup to the two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, Cousins averaged 8.9 points and 5.5 rebounds in 13.9 minutes. He has a career statline of 19.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

The Lakers held a workout on Thursday for guard Tyler Dorsey, reported by Yahoo Sports.

AD's Progress

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 23, 2022:  Injured Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis sits on the bench during the game against the Charlotte Hornets at Crypto.com Arena on December 23, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
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Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis, who is rehabbing a stress injury to his right foot, will be taking a significant step forward in a few days by testing out his foot on the court in an individual workout, league sources tell Bleacher report.

This is one of the assignments in the ramp-up process before Davis is cleared for contact drills and then ultimately given the green light to rejoin his teammates for practices.

Davis is progressing well with minimal pain, sources say.

With the emergence of Thomas Bryant in Davis' absence, the Lakers are optimistic that they'll be even better once whole and poised for a playoff push. The Lakers are 17-21, sitting 12th in the Western Conference standings.

Batum's Return Imminent

Los Angeles Clippers forward Nicolas Batum is recovering from a left ankle sprain and if he continues to improve, he is targeting a return date of Sunday at home against the Atlanta Hawks, league sources tell Bleacher Report.

If that target is met, the veteran swingman will have missed only two games.


I personally want to extend my condolences to 12-year NBA veteran Tristan Thompson and his family. He lost his mother, Andrea Thompson, unexpectedly on Thursday. She was his everything.

Tristan Thompson and his mother Andrea Thompson attend The Amari Thompson Soiree 2019 in support of Epilepsy Toronto. Andrea died suddenly on Thursday.
Tristan Thompson and his mother Andrea Thompson attend The Amari Thompson Soiree 2019 in support of Epilepsy Toronto. Andrea died suddenly on Thursday.George Pimentel/Getty Images

I was able to meet her a handful of times during my days covering the Cleveland Cavaliers, and she was always such a warm soul to encounter. May she rest in peace. My prayers are with Tristan.

Chris Haynes has covered the NBA for 13 years, with previous stops at Yahoo, ESPN, Comcast Sportsnet Northwest and Cleveland.com. You can also find him roaming the sidelines on NBA on TNT broadcasts every week.