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DeMarcus Cousins Might Be On His Way To The Lakers

demarcus cousins speaks to reporters with the pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins remains the biggest fish left in the NBA's free agency pond. The All-Star big man is coming off a brutal injury - a torn Achilles - but he's still likely to receive significant interest. Several teams have been mentioned as potential options for Boogie.

The Lakers, though, are probably the most-intriguing option. Los Angeles, now armed with LeBron James, could be in position to offer Cousins a sizable one-year contract, allowing him to prove himself next to James.

LeBron is a big fan of Cousins, too. In January 2017, LeBron said that Cousins is "the best big man in our game."

The Lakers and the Pelicans are probably the two favorites to land Cousins. The Wizards have been mentioned as a possible sign-and-trade partner, but Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer reports that it's considered a "longshot."

Los Angeles' most-recent roster move has fueled the Boogie-to-LA speculation, too.

The Lakers have renounced the rights to Julius Randle, making him an unrestricted free agent. It was likely going to be extremely difficult for L.A. to hold onto Randle and sign someone like Boogie.

Now, it could be possible.

"Julius Randle being renounced would seem to pave the way for DeMarcus Cousins to go to the Lakers on a one-year deal for LA's remaining cap space – or for the Lakers to split it on a couple of guys," tweeted Tim Bontemps of the Washington Post.

Cousins, 27, averaged nearly 25 and 13 last season before getting hurt. Anthony Davis reportedly wants him back in New Orleans, but many around the league believe Cousins is intrigued by the Lakers. Stay tuned.