Expectations for the Lakers was high this offseason. With Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka running the show, coupled with exceptional young talent and tons of cap-space, LA was supposed to be a major player for top free-agents.
But before the strike of midnight, Paul George re-upped with the Thunder on a long-term deal, abandoning his dreams to become a Laker without so much as a meeting.
All of that changes, though, after tonight’s league-shattering news of LeBron joining the Lakers. Now, the Lakers’ only job is to surround King James with some additional prices.
And as sources have been claiming, they may already have someone else in their sights if he is willing to take a pay cut: DeMarcus Cousins. The Lakers have reportedly turned their sights toward the All-Star big man as a plan-B after striking out on PG, and are one of two teams (them and New Orleans) to have given DeMarcus a call since free-agency started.
New Orleans Pelicans center DeMarcus Cousins received phone calls from the Pelicans and the Los Angeles Lakers on the first day of NBA free agency on Sunday, a source told ESPN's The Undefeated.
Cousins, a four-time All-Star, could meet with the Pelicans and Lakers on Sunday, but it is uncertain if such meetings would take place in person or over the phone. Cousins is currently in his hometown of Mobile, Alabama.
A first-time unrestricted free agent, Cousins might be a stronger target for the LeBron James-seeking Lakers after free-agent guard Paul George decided to re-sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
DeMarcus Cousins would be a fantastic get for the Lakers, but there are questions about his health, attitude, and fit alongside a young Laker team and/or LeBron James.
Regardless, Boogie will just be icing on the cake of what has already become a stellar summer for Los Angeles.