Thomas became an unrestricted free agent Saturday. The two-time National Basketball Association champion with the Golden State Warriors is going to be part of the revamping by the Los Angeles Lakers, agreeing to a one-year deal worth just under $2.4 million, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.
Cousins was in line for a max deal last season until he tore his achilles tendon while playing for the New Orleans Pelicans.
The Lakers also added versatility with James, Rondo and Stephenson all triple-double threats on any given night.
He helped the team make it to the NBA Finals in 2008, when they won the NBA Championship. He averaged 8.3 points and 8.2 assists for New Orleans last season.
The point guard is the latest player to join forces with James.
Ball and Rondo, who appear to have redundant skill sets, are likely to compete for the starting position during camp, assuming the Lakers don't have plans to include Ball in a possible trade. Los Angeles has renounced Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent. They also could waive him and stretch his contract in order to lessen their salary cap burden.
ESPN is reporting that DeMarcus "Boogie" Cousins, one the best big men in the game is joining the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. He averaged a career-high 16.1 points previous year to go with 8 rebounds per game.
It's unclear what the market is like for Randle, who starred collegiately at Kentucky.
Randle was drafted by the Lakers with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft and played 238 games with Los Angeles, including 182 starts.