A trade between the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings involving superstar center DeMarcus Cousins remains a big possibility this season, according to the latest NBA trade rumors.
Both the Lakers and Kings are not expected to make the NBA Playoffs next year and a trade with each other could help both their rebuilding plans for the future.
Gil Alcaraz of Hoops Habit named his five top trade targets for the Lakers this 2016-2017 and claimed that Cousins remains the top target for the Hollywood squad.
Alcaraz claims that while the Kings have declared Cousins as an untouchable player in the Kings roster, that “could change at any moment” considering the volatility of their franchise player and also the discord within the franchise.
“While Los Angeles isn’t exactly a better place for Cousins to chase a title, he’d have way more opportunities to build his brand with the Lakers. He’d immediately take over as the face of one of the NBA’s most storied franchises,” Alcaraz wrote.
The opinion makes sense since both the Lakers and Kings are both in rebuilding mode but there is still belief around the league that playing in a big city team like Los Angeles gives a different prestige to the top superstars.
If Cousins is traded to the Lakers, he will be the next face of the franchise after Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant the last decade. A change of scenery for Cousins is also needed after frustrating years with the Kings in his entire NBA career.
Via ESPN’s Trade Checker, a Lakers-Kings trade of DeMarcus Cousins for D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Lou Williams works under the NBA trade rules.
For the Kings, they can finally move on from the Cousins drama and get two young guys in Russell and Randle to continue their rebuilding.
For the Lakers, they get a superstar center to form a formidable core of Cousins, Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Jordan Clarkson and possibly battle for a playoff spot in the new NBA season.
This NBA trade rumors make sense for both teams but unlikely to happen this offseason. However, if both struggle in the early part of the regular season, it’s a deal that will be discussed again before the trade deadline in February.
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