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DeMarcus Cousins "Increasingly Likely" To Be Targeted By Lakers In Free Agency

Kobe Bryant wearing a suit while standing at center court of the Staples center.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant walk out to center court during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers still look like the likeliest landing spot for LeBron James in free agency. He is undoubtedly their biggest target and the top free agent this summer.

Early on, it seemed like Paul George would be the Lakers' best free agent option to pair with James. Now, it looks like George is sticking with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Los Angeles could still swing a trade for Kawhi Leonard, but are there any other free agent stars they could add alongside LeBron? DeMarcus Cousins might be that guy.

According to The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor, Cousins appears to be an "increasingly likely" target for LA in free agency. He would be signing a short-term max deal.

If the Lakers do end up landing Cousins, he wouldn't be a bad consolation prize. As O'Connor noted, LeBron is a fan, and he was in the middle of having another huge season before suffering a torn Achilles in January.

But that Achilles injury is the main concern for Cousins. How will he respond as a big man coming off a serious injury to his lower body? There's no guarantee he will get back to his prior form.

For his career, 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.

Cousins was the No. 5 pick of the 2010 NBA Draft by the Sacramento Kings.