LA Lakers could give up Julius Randle to get DeMarcus Cousins

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We are edging closer and closer towards the 2015 NBA draft and it seems like a couple of teams have gone partially insane. 

It broke yesterday that Sacramento Kings head coach George Karl was trying to force the team to trade their best, and only good player, DeMarcus Cousins in a move that completely beggars belief but is something not exactly alien to the veteran coach.

Cousins took to Twitter to respond to this news, with a tweet consisting of three emojis, showing a snake in the grass which seems to be a pretty none-too-subtle dig at Karl.

Who's Going?

Tensions between the two haven't been great ever since the new coach came in, with Cousins being a big fan of former Kings head coach Michael Malone, who was fired not long in to the season. 

The relationship between the two has now reached breaking point, and you can put your house on one of the parties not being in Sacramento at the start of next season. At the moment, Cousins is the favorite to leave, with the Los Angeles Lakers holding an interest.

Lakers Trade

Karl is trying to force the trade through, but he will have to convince Vlade Divac and Vivek Randive that it is the right move to make, for the sake of the team as a whole. A big factor in whether the two higher ups push through the trade will be what they can get in return from a team like the Lakers.

According to a report from Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated, it seems that Los Angeles would be prepared to part with the second overall pick they hold in the upcoming draft, and their first round pick from last year, the talented Julius Randle.

"Julius Randle is in play, according to an NBA source, as well as the No. 2 pick in Cousins trade talk," Mannix wrote.

Cousins has star production, superstar potential and a contract that has three years and $51 million remaining. That’s a bargain as the salary cap skyrockets. And he is just 24-years old for goodness sake. An All-Star 24-year old is available for a trade and you might not have to give up multiple firsts, how often does that happen? 

The Lakers would be mad not to try and bring the big man in. 


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