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The Ringer: LeBron Remains Interested In Playing With DeMarcus Cousins

LeBron James sweating in a headband.

MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 02: LeBron James #6 of the Miami Heat looks on during a game against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Arena on January 2, 2013 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers still might be the favorite to land LeBron James. That position isn't as strong as it once was, however.

The Philadelphia 76ers are after James heavily, meeting with his reps today. There's always a shot he could go back to Cleveland as well.

If the Lakers want to get LeBron, they may have to take a shot on adding New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins to play with him on a short-term max contract.

The Lakers reportedly called Cousins after free agency began at midnight, and he is set to meet with LA and the Pelicans. Cousins was in the middle of another all-star season in New Orleans before he tore his Achilles in January.

According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, James is still interested in playing with Cousins, even after his injury.

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.

It was O'Connor who reported Saturday night that it was "increasingly likely" that the Lakers would pursue Cousins in free agency.

For his career, the 27-year-old Cousins has averaged 21.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per contest.

He has made four All-Star Games and a pair of All-NBA teams.