It’s that time of the year again. Yes. DeMarcus Cousins is once again on the trade block. And it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers will once again pursue the superstar big man.
Last offseason, the Lakers-Kings talks for Cousins stalled after Sacramento demanded Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and the No. 2 pick – which Los Angeles used to draft D’Angelo Russell. A year removed from that botched trade, the Kings will demand nothing less than a host of young assets.
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Divac frustrated with DeMarcus Cousins?
According to Kings reporter Ailene Voisin, GM Vlade Divac is ready to test the trade market for Cousins. “A year later, the sense within the organization is Divac is tempted by the prospect of pairing his center with his personally selected coach but that he has become increasingly frustrated by his center’s ongoing issues and, for the first time, is willing to test the market for the two-time All-Star,” Voisin wrote in the Sacramento Bee.
Since Cousins was drafted in 2011, the Kings have fired as many as five coaches, with George Karl being the latest victim. On Saturday, Karl said in an interview that he failed in his attempt to forge a harmonious relationship with the superstar center. “”I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz,” said Karl, who finished with a 44-68 record as coach of the Kings. “Some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable,” added the veteran coach.
Karl, 63, opined that the coach must wield more player than the superstar of the team. “Whether or not they trade Cuz, they have to empower their coach. They have to let him coach. It takes a few years to build a program. It becomes a culture, an energy force,” said Karl.
Who should Lakers trade?
Should the Lakers pursue DeMarcus Cousins? If yes, who should they be willing to offer?
Here are a few possible scenarios:
- Lakers trade Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and Top-3 Pick
- Lakers trade D’Angelo Russell, Lou Williams and Top-3 Pick
- Lakers trade Julius Randle, Lou Williams and Top-3 Pick
If the Lakers win the lottery on May 17, it’s unlikely that they move the pick. However, if their pick falls to No.3, expect Mitch Kupchak & Co. to get busy.
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