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DeMarcus Cousins Free Agency Update: Lakers, Pelicans Have Reached Out

DeMarcus Cousins hangs with Warriors teammate Kevin Durant.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 10: Kevin Durant (L) #35 and DeMarcus Cousins #0 of the Golden State Warriors share a laugh as they sit on a baseline during their preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at T-Mobile Arena on October 10, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 123-113. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

DeMarcus Cousins free agency update: the all-star center could be plan B (or C) after the Los Angeles Lakers struck out on adding Paul George. The New Orleans Pelicans are also interested in bringing him back, per a report.

Cousins was off to an impressive start last season, before going down with a torn left Achilles at mid-season. On the year he averaged 25.2 points per game, and was at career highs in minutes, rebounds, assists, and steals.

If not for the injury, the market for Cousins would probably be huge. He's a dominant old school center, but is also an adequate shooter for the modern game.

According to ESPN's Marc J. Spears, the DeMarcus Cousins free agency race could come down to Lakers vs. Pelicans.

Spears reports that both teams will meet with Boogie and his reps.

The Achilles is a nasty one. While he seems to be making good progress, many players never fully recover from that kind of injury. Still, there are few superstars available. If the Lakers want to make a splash, Cousins could be the next best guy, as Kawhi Leonard hangs in trade limbo, and LeBron James waits however long he wants to come to a decision. The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor noted an old LeBron quote about Boogie after the Paul George signing with OKC was announced.

If the Lakers lose or move Julius Randle, as many assume, Cousins would slide in pretty seamlessly. How he would play alongside LeBron is yet to be seen, but that is always a question.