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Despite the left Achilles’ tendon injury DeMarcus Cousins suffered this past season, LeBron James remains interested in playing with the talented center, according to a report from the Ringer.
Cousins received calls from the New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers once free agency began and is expected to have meetings scheduled with both teams soon, according to a report from ESPN.
Both the Lakers and Pelicans have internally discussed offering Cousins a shorter-team deal for less than the full max.
Before getting injured, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three.
In January 2017, James called Cousins “the best big man in our game.”
Per the report, the Lakers are still the favorites, but not total locks to sign James. Some executives believe James has already decided on the Lakers as his new team and is waiting to announce it next week.
If James and Cousins join forces, it will be on the Lakers, who are still aggressively pursuing a trade for San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard.