DeMarcus Cousins and Julius Randle are both products of legendary coach John Calipari. And even though they never played together in Kentucky, they could become teammates in Los Angeles, per latest Lakers Rumors.
Last June, Kings demanded Randle as part of a deal that would send Cousins to L.A. To their credit, Lakers didn’t succumb to pressure and retained Randle, who has turned into a double-double machine, averaging 11.7 points and 10.1 rebounds this season.
To sacrifice Clarkson?
According to sources close to the Lakers, D’Angelo Russell, Randle and the top-3 protected picks are “off-limits” in trade talks for Cousins or any other superstar. Though the top brass feels the same way about Clarkson, the dynamic is different since the guard is a restricted free agent this summer. With teams vying to sign Clarkson to a max deal, the Lakers could benefit from trading him.
With Cousins once again on the trade block this summer, the Lakers would entertain the possibility of pairing Cousins and Randle in the front court. And once again, the Lakers will refuse to include Randle as part of trade discussions. However, there is a possibility that they would include Clarkson, who is expecting nothing less than a maximum contract this summer.
On Wednesday, Cousins had high praise for Randle, per Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters. “I love Julius’ game. He’s very talented, very versatile. When he puts his game all together, he’s going to be a problem (for other teams),” Cousins said of his Kentucky peer, after Sacramento Kings beat Lakers 106-98 to complete a season sweep of their divisional rivals.
According to Lakers Nation, Randle appreciated the praise from Cousins. For him, “they do mean something to him, (it’s) always good to have that respect from your peers.” Are both players embracing the fact that they could be teammates next seasons?
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