The Sacramento Kings have reiterated time and time again that DeMarcus Cousins isn’t available, but that’s not going to stop teams from trying to trade for him. The Los Angeles Lakers are one of those teams, and the Lakers have been “actively pursuing” possible trades that would get Cousins to Hollywood, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Stein reports the Lakers, Kings and Orlando Magic have had “exploratory dialogue” about a possible three-way deal that could also include Nikola Vucevic, but it’s difficult to see a truly fair deal there.
If the Lakers try to deal directly with the Kings, it would take an absolutely massive offer to get it done, and that’s if Sacramento is even willing to listen. Something like the No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft (which is expected to be Jahlil Okafor) and Julius Randle as a starter, and perhaps even more than that. The Lakers also own picks No. 27 and No. 34 in this draft, and Jordan Clarkson is another young asset.
There’s simply no reason for the Kings to deal Cousins now, which is why it would take a Godfather offer to get it done. I really can’t see this happening, but the Lakers can keep trying all they want. Perhaps they get desperate enough to include enough of those assets to get Sacramento to say yes, but then the question is if it’s worth giving up so much, as good as Cousins is.