Report: 2-Time NBA Blocks Leader Linked to Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers lost Anthony Davis to injuries, and Dennis Schroder is missing time, too. The team waived veteran Quinn Cook, announcing an avalanche of moves. Lakers General Manager Rob Pelinka made a bunch of signings in the offseason and he is ready for more. Truth is, LA really needs fresh power. So, who is coming to LA? NBA experts have mentioned DeMarcus Cousins as a possible target for the Lakers. Recent reports reveal that the Houston Rockets will release the veteran, giving him a chance to reunite with the Lakers. Cousins was part of the Lakers roster but didn’t play at all. If Cousins doesn’t come to LA, a blocks leader is definitely linked with the Lakers.

Hassan Whiteside.

“There are no immediate plans to fill Cook’s roster spot, and multiple people with knowledge of the situation said they don’t expect the Lakers to reunite with Houston center DeMarcus Cousins if he becomes available as expected,”  Woike and Turner wrote. “The team will, however, monitor the buyout and trade markets for potential additions to their frontcourt.

“Sacramento center Hassan Whiteside, who is averaging 8.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots in 14-1/2 minutes per game, is a possible target the team could pursue.”

The blocks leader is linked to the Lakers

In 2016 and 2020, Whiteside led the league in blocks. In 2017, he led the NBA in rebounds. NBA fans remember Whiteside’s greatness. He was one of the best defensive men in the league.

However, coaches have moved away from stars like Whiteside. He averaged 15.5 points and 13.5 rebounds per game last season. His numbers were great, but he got a one-year deal from the Sacramento Kings. Whiteside doesn’t shoot 3-pointers and has made eight of 26 3-pointers in his nine-year career. This doesn’t change the fact that Whiteside can rebound with the best in the league. He is also a great blocker. LA could use his size and defense. He will see a reduced role once Anthony Davis returns to the floor. AD is a better fit for the team, and Vogel would love to have him back.