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There's A "Growing Belief" That Another NBA All-Star Wants To Join The Lakers

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)

There are three All-Star players being linked to the Los Angeles Lakers this offseason. Those three players: LeBron James, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George. The Lakers are the favorite to sign LeBron, are the most-likely trade destination for Kawhi and appear to be one of two contenders for George.

Another NBA All-Star is reportedly interested in making a move to Los Angeles, though. He's an All-Star big man that's set to hit free agency.

An ESPN NBA insider said on ESPN recently that there is a "growing belief" around the league that Demarcus Cousins wants to be on the Lakers next season.

Yahoo! Sports NBA insider Shams Charania is reporting something similar. He is saying that Cousins could be pursued as a backup option if the Lakers miss out on LeBron or Kawhi or George.

Cousins will probably take a while to let his market develop.

"I think it’s going to be tough to gauge his market before July 1, it might take a little bit of time to develop,” Charania said on a Yahoo NBA podcast. "Teams like the Lakers, the Mavericks. The Mavericks are going to need to wait until the draft, first of all, to see if they’re going to draft a big and that’s going to take them out of contention. But the Lakers, the Mavericks, there are only a handful of teams with real salary cap space to use this summer.

"The Lakers probably have other players in mind before they would turn to someone like DeMarcus on a one or two-year deal at a really high number."

Cousins was set to get a full max contract from New Orleans prior to tearing his Achilles toward the end of the 2017-18 season. Now, it's unclear what his free agency market will be.

The Lakers, Mavericks and Wizards, among other teams, are being linked to Cousins at the moment. NBA free agency starts on July 1.