How Can The Lakers Replace DeMarcus Cousins?

The Los Angeles Lakers’ title aspirations took a big hit on Thursday, when it was reported that All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins had suffered an ACL tear. While it was probably unrealistic to expect Cousins to return to his All-Star form next season, there was hope that he’d look more like his former self in his second year removed from an Achilles tear.

Now, it’s more than likely that the Lakers will be without any iteration Cousins for all next season. The question is: Where do they go from here?

The Lakers could just split time at center between Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee, but given Davis’ own injury history and his public proclamations that he prefers to play power forward, it would probably be wise the team to look for options in free agency. Here are some names they should consider.