The Sacramento Kings have fired five different coaches since drafting DeMarcus Cousins in 2010. And even though new coach Dave Joerger is seemingly excited to work with the all-star center, a league insider reckoned GM Vlade Divac hasn’t ruled out a potential trade this summer.
The Los Angeles Lakers have, for long, been fascinated with the idea of acquiring Cousins. Last summer, the Kings demanded the trio of the No. 2 pick (D’Angelo Russell), Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson to send Cousins to Los Angeles, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak wasn’t having any of it. This summer, Kupchak has more assets and Cousins’ trade value has slightly waned in the aftermath of George Karl’s firing.
According to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee, Divac is frustrated with the Cousins situation. “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 a few days after Karl was fired.
DeMarcus Cousins + Lakers: A good fit?
Last month, Colin Cowherd revealed that Lakers are willing to trade the No. 2 pick for a superstar. “I am told by two reliable sources that the Lakers are tired of rebuilding. They don’t want another 18-year-old to join the roster while competing in the difficult Western Conference. They want an all-star right away and want to start competing,” Cowherd said on ‘The Herd’.
Cowherd said Lakers would trade the No. 2 pick for Cousins in a heartbeat. “This is no secret. Everyone knows that the Lakers love Boogie Cousins. That guy could be on the roster next season. And DeMar Derozan is going to be on that roster. That’s what the Lakers are going to look like. Everyone presumes that Coach Luke Walton will work with a team full of youngsters.”
Cauley-Stein, Randle front court?
According an insider, the Kings would “seriously consider” trading Cousins for a package that includes the No. 2 draft pick and Julius Randle, at the least. The Kings would welcome the idea of investing in Kentucky prospects Willie Cauley-Stein and Randle as the front court of the future. While the Kings would love to add D’Angelo Russell, too, the Lakers are reportedly unwilling to involve the guard in any discussions.
The Kings could add a potential all-star in Brandon Ingram and a young double-double machine in Julius Randle while giving up the player largely responsible for the team’s locker room woes. The Lakers would get DeMarcus Cousins, the superstar they’ve longed for. It’s a win-win.