The first five minutes of free agency this summer was absolute pandemonium, and things only got wilder and more confounding as the week pressed on. The NBA landscape underwent a seismic shift — both literal and figurative — as more superstars switched teams in a shorter period than any time in modern memory.
The top-flight free agents like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving went off the board almost immediately, while it took Kawhi Leonard a little more time to manipulate the marionette strings as his own personal drama unfolded. Almost lost in the shuffle was DeMarcus Cousins, who coming off another injury toward the end of last season clearly left teams wary about his long-term health.
Eventually, he would end up with the Lakers, which also meant a reunion with former teammate Anthony Davis, who he played alongside in New Orleans in a tenure that was itself upended by a devastating Achilles injury. Still, the duo showed some brief but tantalizing flashes of the “Fire and Ice” combo that could’ve been under different circumstances. Now, they are apparently both eager about the prospect of revisiting those days on their new team in Los Angeles.