NBA All-Star's explosive tweet gives Lakers hope of summer trade move

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With the NBA now heading for the offseason and talk turning to potential trade moves, one player has ramped up speculation that he could be on his way out with a not so subtle criticism of his new head coach.

Elsewhere, in the NFL, the Cleveland Browns have been busy on the waiver wire whilst, in baseball, Kris Bryant had an impressive night with the bat. Last, but not no means least, the USWNT kept their Women's World Cup hopes alive with victory over Colombia.


We begin in the NBA where the Los Angeles Lakers continue their attempts to manufacture a trade for Sacramento Kings star DeMarcus Cousins.

Despite the Kings’ recent insistence that Cousins is not available, the Lakers were given reason for optimism today when the player himself tweeted out a message seeming to criticize new coach George Karl.

At first glance the tweet might seem little more than a random selection of emojis but, such is the state of play in 2015, Cousins' choice of character allude to a comment criticism of Karl as a "snake in the grass" (ie. not a man who can be trusted).

The likes of Carmelo Anthony, J.R. Smith and Andre Iguodala (all previous members of George Karl rosters) have used the same analogy in recent times. With the head coach believed to be angling to trade DeMarcus Cousins it looks like the player himself is letting his opinions be known.

Indeed, numerous reports suggest the situation between the two is becoming untenable and, although the Kings don't want to trade away their star man, they may be left with no other option.

The Los Angeles Lakers are known to have a strong interest in acquiring Cousins and are likely to take his tweet as a signal that a strong offer could produce rewards.


Across to the NFL and the Cleveland Browns have claimed former Raiders and Bengals quarterback Terrelle Pryor off of waivers.

Pryor won’t be competing with Josh McCown or Johnny Manziel, though, after confirming yesterday he plans to transition to wide receiver.


Meanwhile, in baseball, rookie sensation Kris Bryant produced his first multi home run performance  of his major league career, hitting two out the park as the Chicago Cubs beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 last night.


And finally, in soccer, the US women’s national team has progressed to the quarter finals of the Women’s World Cup after a 2-0 win over Colombia.

Up next is China on Friday night but the USWNT will have to contest the game without two key figures after Lauren Holiday and playmaker Megan Rapinoe picked up their second bookings of the tournament against Colombia.

NBA fans: Will Cousins leave Sacramento this summer, and where will he end up if he does? Have your say in the comments below...

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