Los Angeles Lakers Player News: Centers

News: Cousins agreed Saturday with the Lakers on a one-year, $3.5 million contract, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: Set to play his first full season since suffering a torn Achilles in January 2018, Cousins should slot in as the starting center with the Lakers, despite the team re-signing their top option at the position from 2018-19 (JaVale McGee) earlier in the day. In his lone season with Golden State, Cousins averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and a combined 2.8 blocks and steals across 25.7 minutes per game. A similar workload may be in store for Cousins with both Anthony Davis -- the projected starting power forward -- and McGee on hand to fill minutes at center.
News: McGee agreed Saturday with the Lakers on a two-year, $8.2 million contract that includes a player option for 2021-22, Ramona Shelbourne of ESPN.com reports.
Impact: According to Shelburne, McGee is expected to remain the Lakers' starting center after re-upping with the team, suggesting that offseason acquisition Anthony Davis will likely shift over to power forward. Even if the Lakers follow through with that plan, McGee will be hard-pressed to repeat the career-best season he delivered in 2018-19, when he averaged 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 22.3 minutes per game while shooting 62.4 percent from the floor. Davis' ability to slide over to center could keep McGee's minutes lower during games in which his skill set doesn't match up favorably with the opposition.
News: Wagner, along with Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones, was traded to the Wizards on Thursday, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
Impact: In order to clear more cap space, the Lakers traded what little money they had left on the books to Washington. As a rookie, Wagner appeared in only 43 games, averaging 4.8 points and 2.0 rebounds across 10.4 minutes. He could see more run with the Wizards, especially if Bobby Portis and/or Jabari Parker sign elsewhere.