Paul George is off the table…Boogie, anyone?
According to multiple reports, including Kevin O’Connor from The Ringer, the Lakers are set to meet with unrestricted free agent big man DeMarcus Cousins.
The 27-year-old All-Star is coming off an Achilles injury, though the Lakers may be willing to take a chance on him on a short-term contract, especially seeing as LeBron James is said to be “interested” in playing alongside him, according to the report:
Signing Boogie Cousins could be a sweetener for LeBron. In January 2017, James called Boogie, “the best big man in our game.” LeBron’s praise of Cousins came before the New Orleans big man had suffered a major injury, but sources say he remains interested by the idea of playing with Boogie.
The market for Cousins may be a small one, with just the Lakers and New Orleans Pelicans currently being linked to him.
Though news of any communication between the two sides has been limited to far, the Lakers are still thought to be the favorites to sign James this summer.
Besides Cousins, the Lakers are also exploring other avenues at the center position. It was revealed earlier today that the purple and gold have a meeting set up with Houston Rockets restricted free agent center Clint Capela.