Phil Jackson says New York Knicks can't trade for DeMarcus Cousins

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The NBA has gone a bit crazy over the last few days, with the 2015 Draft creeping ever closer.

George Karl and the Sacramento Kings are at logger heads over star player DeMarcus Cousins, with Karl, the head coach, wanting rid of the center while the team themselves have absolutely no intentions of doing so.

Still, it seems that either one of Cousins or Karl won't be playing in Sacramento at the start of the 2015 season. 

The Los Angeles Lakers seem like front runners to land Cousins and are apparently set to offer the second overall pick and potentially former first round pick Julius Randle to land the All-Star caliber center.

Knicks No Hopers

It seems like the New York Knicks want to be in the race to trade for Cousins as well, but they only have the fourth pick in the draft as their only real asset.

Phil Jackson would naturally like to inject more immediate life into the Knicks, but after last season’s fire sale that saw New York get rid of everyone that wasn't Carmelo Anthony or D-League level, there simply aren’t enough enticing players in place to deal for Cousins. And Jackson admitted that in a recent interview.

“I wouldn’t want to talk about that. I don’t think it’s fair to disclose that,” Jackson said, according to the New York Daily News. “Sacramento’s gone through changes. They changed their front office personnel. We’re aware of the situation. We understand the possibilities. We’re just going to see what falls out.

“We don’t know if we have enough stuff to even be in the talk, but we’re aware of what’s going on.”

What is very interesting from all of this is that Jackson and the Knicks are very aware of what is going on in Sacramento. Maybe something could happen before the draft after all.


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