If Lakers can’t land LeBron or George, they may pursue Cousins

The Los Angeles Lakers are known to be chasing the likes of LeBron James and Paul George this summer, but according to a source, they have a fallback plan.

DeMarcus Cousins.

The New Orleans Pelicans center is one of the most talented players in the league, but is also known as one of the most volatile (always among the league leaders in technical fouls). He also suffered a torn Achilles’ tendon in January and might not be ready to go at the start of next season.

According to Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers could look to Cousins on a short-term deal if their pursuits of James and George do not come to fruition.

“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 while appearing on the Yahoo Sports NBA Podcast with Chris Mannix. “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.”