A day after reports of a mutual interest between Dwyane Wade and the Los Angeles Lakers, the Purple and Gold are also actively pursuing Sacramento King center DeMarcus Cousins.
Despite the prospect of drafting a quality big man in the upcoming NBA draft, the Lakers are “a determined suitor” in trading for the irascible yet talented 24-year old center, according to ESPN.
According to league sources, several trade scenarios have been offered by the Lakers to the Kings, notably one involving the Orlando Magic. All three teams have picks in the top six in Thursday's NBA draft (Friday, Manila time).
King’s general manager Vlade Divac, however, said dealing away his best player “is not happening”. Cousins has three seasons remaining on an extension he signed in 2013.
With its current roster, the Lakers have limited assets for Cousins in case the Kings change their minds. Aside from the No.2 pick, Los Angeles has last year’s rookies, Julius Randle and Fil-Am Jordan Clarkson.