The Los Angeles Lakers have targeted DeMarcus Cousins in a three-team deal by trading off Jordan Clarkson. The third team involved in the deal is reportedly Orlando Magic.
The Los Angeles Lakers were connected to the DeMarcus Cousins trade before the start of the current NBA season, too. The big man stayed back with Sacramento Kings. But the Lakers are still in the hunt for Cousins. In order to bring Cousins their way, the Lakers are relying on a three-team deal, which also involves the Orlando Magic, according to the Latin Post.
Julius Randle and Nick Young are two pieces the Lakers possess who are capable of drawing trade. Jordan Clarkson is a silver lining of the disastrous season. Teams are keenly interested in acquiring the promising Filipino-American. Many teams, including the Memphis Grizzlies, have contacted Lakers management to acquire Clarkson.
Cousins could bring in the much-needed leadership and talent in the Lakers’ roster in the absence of Kobe Bryant. Clarkson has two years of his contract remaining with the Lakers, the final year being a player’s option. He will become a restricted free agent next season. Clarkson lacks the offensive skills the Lakers require once Kobe Bryant retires at the end of the season. By trading off Clarkson for Cousins, the Lakers can also get a bench player or save little money to land another star from free agency.
Cousins becomes an automatic choice for Los Angeles in this regard. And it’s clear by now that Cousins and the Kings are not gelling well. The Kings, currently 12-20, have never made playoffs with Cousins.
The Lakers have already contacted Kings’ management for trading Cousins, according to the ESPN.