He doesn't have the franchise-altering cachet of LeBron James. There may be no more intriguing NBA free agent this summer than DeMarcus Cousins.
One of the most skilled, athletic big men in the game, Boogie was well on his way to earning a slew of long-term max contract offers this offseason until a devastating Achilles injury derailed thing severely. Nobody know what type of player he'll be when he returns. And that opens the floodgates for a boatload of teams to swoop in with shorter, less risky offers.
Enter the Los Angeles Lakers.
DeMarcus Cousins sounds like an increasingly likely target for the Lakers on a short-term max contract now that it appears Los Angeles will lose out on Paul George, per league sources. In January 2017, LeBron James called Cousins "the best big man in our game."— Kevin O'Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) July 1, 2018
The Lakers are reportedly ready to extend a mini-max deal to Cousins with the idea that he'd be teaming up with LeBron James, who looks increasingly likely to bail on Cleveland for the Purple and Gold.
Whether or not the team will be able to work out a trade with San Antonio for Kawhi Leonard wouldn't matter a whole lot if they can load Boogie and Bron into the same starting lineup alongside Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball.
Nothing is set in stone quite yet, but free agency is officially open in a matter of minutes. Is the Lake Show going to take the plunge?