The Lakers kept their bench stacked with names from last season by re-signing JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to two-year contracts. McGee's deal is worth $8 million, Rondo is set to make $2.6 million with a player option, while Caldwell-Pope got $16 million. Alex Caruso was another name that got a two-year contract that will pay him $5.5 million.
Green was involved in the trade that saw Leonard go from San Antonio to Toronto, as the two nearly made their way to the purple and yellow together as well. He was dealing with a groin injury in his final season with the Spurs, but bounced back by shooting a career-high 45.5 percent from three-point range this past season. He finished at 10.3 points per game which was the third time in his career that he finished in double figures.
The 31-year-old is entering his 11th NBA season, and is known as one of the biggest threats beyond the arc, shooting over 40 percent from three-point range four different times with the Spurs. He is hoping that will lead to his third title with his third different team.
One name that is set to make a difference in their starting lineup is the addition of DeMarcus Cousins, who got a one-year, $3.5 million contract from Los Angeles on Saturday. Cousins spent some time with the Golden State Warriors last season, but missed the first half while recovering from a torn Achilles, and then went down in the NBA Finals with a calf injury.
The Miami Heat were the only other team to show interest in Cousins, who only played in 30 regular season games this past year. He was productive for Golden State, but not to the point he was with Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans two years ago, finishing at just 16.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. The one good news for the Lakers was that he finished the season strong at 20 points and 11 rebounds per game in the month of April.