Los Angeles Lakers: Who Did They Sign?

los angeles lakersThe Los Angeles Lakers have signed the following players, as announced over the weekend by General Manager Rob Pelinka.

  • Troy Daniels
  • Jared Dudley
  • Alex Caruso (Re-signed guard)
  • Quinn Cook
  • DeMarcus Cousins
  • Danny Green

Additionally, the team acquired forward Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, the draft rights to De'Andre Hunter, two first round picks, a first-round pick swap right and cash. As part of the trade, the Lakers also sent Isaac Bonga, Jemerrio Jones, Moritz Wagner and a future second round draft pick to the Wizards, who in return, sent cash consideration to the Pelicans.

"Anthony Davis is arguably the most dominant all-around young player in today's NBA," said Pelinka. "Anthony represents everything we stand for, with his unwavering commitment to excellence as both a person and athlete.  This is a historic moment for the Lakers franchise, and we couldn't be more proud to have him."

A three-time All-NBA First Team honoree (2015, '17, '18), six-time NBA All-Star and one-time Olympic Gold Medalist for Team USA (2012), Davis has averaged 23.7 points (.517 FG%), 10.5 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 2.1 assists and 1.4 steals over his seven-year career in the NBA. 

Caruso appeared in 25 games (four starts) for the Lakers last season, averaging 9.2 points (.445 FG%, .480 3P%), 3.1 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.0 steal in 21.2 minutes. In the last six games of the season, Caruso made four starts and notched 18.2 points (.438 FG%, .550 3P%), 8.0 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 36.2 minutes.

Daniels appeared in 51 games (one start) with Phoenix last season, averaging 6.2 points (.381 3P%) and 1.4 rebounds in 14.9 minutes per game. The VCU alumnus is a career 40 percent three-point shooter and was the only player in the NBA last season with at least 70 three-pointers made in fewer than 770 minutes. In 292 career games (20 starts) for the Rockets, Timberwolves, Hornets, Grizzlies and Suns, Daniels owns career averages of 7.0 points (.411 FG%, .402 3P%), and 1.3 rebounds.

In 59 games (25 starts) for Brooklyn last season, Dudley averaged 4.9 points (.423 FG%), 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 20.7 minutes. The San Diego native owns career averages of 7.7 points (.465 FG%, .392 3P%), 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 847 games (285 starts) for Charlotte, Phoenix, the LA Clippers, Milwaukee, Washington and Brooklyn.

Cook owns career averages of 7.4 points (.418 3P%), 2.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 121 games (28 starts) for the Mavericks, Pelicans and Warriors, and was a member of the 2018 Warriors championship team. Last season, Cook tallied 6.9 points (.405 3P%), 2.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

A four-time All-Star (2015-18), Cousins has played in 565 career games (543 starts) for Sacramento, New Orleans and Golden State, averaging 21.2 points (.461 FG%), 10.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.2 blocks per game. The two-time All-NBA Second Team selection (2015-16) helped Team USA win a gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games and was voted to the NBA All-Rookie First Team in 2011.

Green played and started 80 games for the NBA Champion Toronto Raptors last season, averaging 10.3 points (.455 3P%), 4.0 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. The 10-year veteran was also a member of the 2014 Spurs championship team and was voted to the All-Defensive Second Team in 2017.

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