LA Lakers and Sacramento Kings discussing DeMarcus Cousins trade

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In case you've been rafting down the Irrawaddy in Burma for the past week, you'll know that  the Sacramento Kings have imploded on themselves.

The Kings are currently in the middle of a feud between head coach George Karl and star player DeMarcus Cousins, with Karl now wanting Cousins out of Sacramento as soon as possible and Cousins taking to Twitter in order to make sly jabs at the veteran coach.

The Kings seemed dead set against the idea of trading Cousins, with owner Vivek Ranadive and GM Vlade Divac coming out to deny they would ever let Boogie leave. It seems they may have changed their minds however.

Apparently the owner has let Divac speak to teams about potential trades, and it is the Los Angeles Lakers who are the front runners after apparently a framework for a trade being discussed and potentially agreed upon ahead of tonight's draft.

Lakers Bound?

According to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the Lakers would have to part ways with a fair few assets to get the All-Star caliber center.

"The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings exchanged frameworks of a trade centered on All-Star DeMarcus Cousins on Wednesday and discussions could intensify on Thursday, league sources told Yahoo Sports," Woj wrote earlier today.

Apparently the Lakers would have to give up the number two overall pick they hold, last years first round pick Julius Randle, and point guard Jordan Clarkson in order to land Cousins.

"Kings vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac has pursued a possible deal that would include a bevvy of assets, including the Lakers’ No. 2 pick in Thursday’s NBA draft, rookies Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson and other draft assets, league sources told Yahoo Sports."

"Sacramento also would want to unload the remainder of forward Carl Landry‘s two years, $13.5 million contract, league sources said," he went on to add.

The Lakers need a new star player, something they have been crying out for years thanks to Kobe Bryant's injury struggles and Cousins would provide exactly that. But it's still a lot of young assets to give up.


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