Report: Lakers ‘Actively’ Trying to Trade For DeMarcus Cousins

DeMarcus Cousins to the Lakers to team up with Kobe Bryant?

It’s only a rumor at this point, but it’s a hell of a fantasy for Laker fans. According to a report on Monday, the Lakers are “actively” looking for a way to acquire the All-Star big man from Sacramento.

This weekend, though, Kings front office head honcho Vlade Divac said in response to all the DMC trade questions: “That is not happening.”

In truth, it’s hard to imagine what the Kings might want from the Lakers, beyond this year’s No. 2 pick and maybe Julius Randle, LA’s top pick in last year’s Draft. But there’s a three-way trade scenario involving the Orlando Magic that might make things work. For now, it’s just wait-and-see for the Lakers. Best believe they’ll be blowing up Vlade’s cell with trade offers, though.

From Marc Stein of

The Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as one of the most determined trade suitors for Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, according to league sources.


Sources told ESPN that the Lakers have been actively pursuing trade scenarios in recent weeks in attempt to construct a deal that would convince the Kings to part with Cousins.




Sources say that the Lakers, Kings and Orlando Magic have had exploratory dialogue on a three-way Cousins trade that would land the 24-year-old in Los Angeles. All three teams hold top-six picks in Thursday’s NBA draft, and Orlando has a young top-flight center of its own in Nikola Vucevic, who could theoretically fill the Cousins void.