The latest on the DeMarcus Cousins front was that his camp wants to get him out of Sacramento and George Karl wants him out because they don’t get along. However, Kings management has insisted that both would return next year in spite of all that.
It appears that may be changing:
Sources: Lakers, Kings exchange framework of trade centered on DeMarcus Cousins today, discussions could intensify Thursday. Story soon.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) June 25, 2015
In the ensuing article, Woj notes that Cousins would be “eager” to play for the rival Lakers, and that Kings vice president Vlade Divac is asking for every important Lakers asset: the #2 pick, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and more picks. Predictably, Wojnarowski says the Lakers are resisting on including that much, though the #2 pick appears to be an accepted part of any deal.
Perhaps the most important part of this #WojBomb is that the Kings are open to scenarios with not just the Lakers, but other teams as well. If that’s the case, the Lakers might have to part with everything they have in order to outbid Boston, Orlando or any other team.
Even with all these rumors going around, Divac is still publicly holding strong:
Vlade Divac in a text when asked if the Kings are planning to trade DeMarcus Cousins: "Nope."
— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) June 25, 2015
And there’s still skepticism a deal gets done:
NBA source just told me Kings are leaning toward not trading Cousins tomorrow and instead focus on draft
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) June 25, 2015
Let the summer’s most important game of poker begin.