Last week before the NBA Draft the Lakers and the Kings were in talks to trade for DeMarcus Cousins. The talks die down after the Lakers wouldn’t include Julius Randle on the table. Now, Lakers have a even better trade since picking D’Andgelo Russell No. 2 overall in the draft.
According to The Los Angeles Daily News The Lakers would trade No. 2 pick, D’Angelo Russell “Tomorrow” if they could complete a deal for DeMarcus Cousins.
This is the West, where it takes 48-50 wins, while climbing over one of the playoff teams plus Oklahoma City with Kevin Durant back, up-and-coming Utah and young-and-promising Minnesota.
You shortcut it at your peril, even if the Lakers were willing to trade their No. 2 pick for Sacramento’s even-higher-maintenance-than-Dwight-Howard DeMarcus Cousins … and would send Russell up there tomorrow if that would do it, a league source told me.
Not that it’s likely to happen, either.
With owner Vivek Ranadive intent on not trading Cousins, much less to the hated Lakers, the Kings asked for the moon — the No. 2 pick, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, more picks.