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The Los Angeles Lakers (11-22) will reportedly make a strong push for New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins ahead of the Feb. 8 NBA Trade Deadline. Though the Pelicans haven't hinted at trading Cousins, the All-Star centre will be an unrestricted free agent in July and is expected to meet with several teams.

The Pelicans (18-16) are currently clinging to the seventh seed in the competitive Western Conference. If the Pelicans fall to under .500 at the NBA Trade Deadline, insiders expect New Orleans to shop Cousins. There are also those who believe the Pelicans have a good shot at retaining Cousins this offseason.

According to NBA insider Eric Pincus, the Lakers will target both DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George closer to the NBA Trade Deadline. 

"Plan A for the Lakers is still LeBron James. Having said that, at the deadline, the Lakers have two targets: Paul George and DeMarcus Cousins. I think George is more of a long shot since the Thunder seem to have figured things out over the last 10 games. However, the Pelicans are a different story because they're just above .500. If they don't climb the standings, they will be open to move Cousins," Pincus said during the LakersNation Podcast . 

Pincus suggested that the Lakers could potentially offer Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Julius Randle to the Pelicans in exchange for Cousins. While Caldwell-Pope is a free agent in July, Randle is about to become a Restricted Free Agent (RFA).

In a recent interview, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka was candid about his team's plans ahead of the deadline. Pelinka said the Lakers intend to be aggressive on the trade market this season. 



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