NBA Rumors: LA Lakers to net DeMarcus Cousins and retain 2016 draft pick?

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Mar 30, 2016; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) controls the ball against Washington Wizards center Nene Hilario (42) during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

In this section, we’ll discuss never too early NBA rumors which could happen in the 2016 offseason. First on deck are two disappointing teams in the recently concluded season; the Sacramento Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers in a probable deal that includes superstar center DeMarcus Cousins.

Via ESPN’s Trade Machine (which means this deal is allowed as per NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement, or CBA) here’s a Lakers-Kings deal that might just work out for both Western squads:

Sacramento Kings – Los Angeles Lakers NBA rumors:

DeMarcus Cousins for Jordan Clarkson (sign and trade for $7M to $8M), Nick Young ($3M) and Julius Randle

Why should the Kings jump on these NBA rumors:

Simply, the franchise may want to move on from Cousins already—and all the drama he brings to the team. Head coach George Karl is fired and general manager Vlade Divac may be on his way out too; this will be the Kings’ chance to totally rebuild in Sacramento and getting two starters in Clarkson and Randle is a nice haul for an obviously disgruntled and troublesome DeMarcus Cousins.

Clarkson will serve as a Plan B should Rajon Rondo bolt (a high possibility), Randle will replace Cousins in the starting line-up and will start in the frontcourt along with promising rookie Willie Cauley-Stein. Nick Young is sent to Sacramento because he just needs to be away from D’Angelo Russell as far as possible.

Why the Lakers are better off after this NBA rumors become true:

Hollywood badly needs a franchise player and Randle and Clarkson are not exactly the go-to-guys they need for the long-term. Cousins is an alpha dog and will work well with point guard Russell plus their high draft pick in the upcoming 2016 NBA Draft.

Should both squads explore these NBA rumors to try to improve their respective teams? Are the Lakers better off just sticking with their young guys and prefer depth over a superstar but temperamental DeMarcus Cousins? Should the Kings start shopping their big man around the league and get max value?

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