DeMarcus Cousins isn’t the only veteran big man the Los Angeles Lakers are considering for a roster spot.
Mark Stein Led by All-Star forward LeBron James (43 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists), while in Charlotte for the eventual 121-115 Lakers win, Los Angeles has longtime Charlotte Hornets center Cody We report that we paid attention to Zeller.
The 6-foot-11-inch center was drafted by the then-Charlotte Bobcats in 2013 with the 4th pick (!) from Indiana University. His two best players, veteran MVP candidate Giannis Antetokounmpo (No. 15 draft pick) and Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert (No. 27 draft pick), were picked beyond the lottery and so flew. A little under the radar.
That said, the lottery hasn’t been robbed of talent other than Zeller: New Orleans Pelicans star point guard CJ McCallum (he should have been named an All-Star by now), future 2020 Lakers champion. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope of the NBA, Memphis Grizzlies point guard Stephen Adams and Utah Jazz 3-and-D center Kelly Olynyk were all still available.
Zeller, who looks 45 but is only 30, played eight of his nine NBA seasons with the Bobcats/Hornets before spending the 2021-22 season with the Portland Trail Blazers as a reserve. rice field. Through his 494 NBA contests (including 273 starts), Zeller averaged 8.5 points on 52% shooting, 6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.6 steals and 0.6 blocks. holding
Looking at the LA roster, Zeller (or Cousins) is probably considered the fourth center on the team, behind Anthony Davis (if healthy), Thomas Bryant and power forward/center Wenen Gabriel. , in front of Damian Jones. Will be waived to make room if Los Angeles signs someone new.