LA Lakers Are Reportedly Interested In Signing DeMarcus Cousins Now That It Seems That Paul George Is Returning To OKC

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During the start of free agency Paul George will be in Oklahoma City attending a huge party orchestrated by teammate Russell Westbrook.

Via ESPN

Paul George arrived in Oklahoma City early Saturday evening, as Russell Westbrook was hosting a private party in town late Saturday night as free agency opens, sources told ESPN.

Westbrook has organized the event, dubbed a “summer hype house party,” being held at a property near Lake Arcadia. He invited around 500 guests with the promise of a “surprise performance by a multi-platinum artist.”

Many believe George will return to the Thunder which means the Lakers are on to plan B. According to the Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor, the Lakers are interested in bringing in DeMarcus Cousins on a short-term max contract next season.

Via Kevin O’Connor

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.”

It is worth noting that Cousins is coming off an achilles injury and it’s’ unclear how well he’ll be able to play next season but a short-term contract with a team option seems like a low-risk move for the Lakers right now.