NBA rumors: Are Lakers willing to trade second overall pick to acquire DeMarcus Cousins?

NBA rumors: Are Lakers willing to trade second overall pick to acquire DeMarcus Cousins?

The Sacramento Kings are planning to trade off DeMarcus Cousins to start rebuilding for the next season. Sources reveal that the Los Angeles Lakers are willing to trade the second overall pick to acquire Cousins.

Sacramento’s general manager Vlade Divac is looking forward to starting a new era by releasing the ill-reputed Cousins. He wants to build around another franchise player after hiring Dave Joerger as the new head coach. The 25-year-old All-star has shown signs of insubordination and has developed the reputation of a malcontent. Cousins failed to adjust with head coach George Karl and forced the Kings to part ways with the well-respected coach of the NBA circuit.

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Now, the Philadelphia 76ers have been awarded the first overall pick in the NBA draft. They are heavily leaned to pick LSU’s Ben Simmons or Duke’s Brandon Ingram, though the Australian is trying to force his ways to the Lakers. According to the experts, Simmons has the highest ceilings among the top ranked draft picks. The Sixers will have the first crack on the June 23 NBA draft, and it’s still not clear who is going to be their pick, Simmons or Ingram. The Lakers would get the guy not chosen by the Sixers.

From the Kings perspective, both Simmons and Ingram are mouth-watering prospects for future, according to Orange County Register. They are capable of emerging as a franchise player in near future the team is looking for.

For the Los Angeles Lakers, DeMarcus Cousins could become the center of the franchise, which they lacked since Shaquille O’Neal left them. The team experimented with Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum, but both guys lacked the maturity to shoulder the responsibility.

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