NBA rumors are swirling around DeMarcus Cousins. The Sacramento Kings are strongly considering getting rid of him so that they can begin rebuilding the team. According to the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Lakers might trade the second overall pick in the upcoming draft for DeMarcus Cousins.
Before the NBA Draft Lottery took place, the Los Angeles Lakers were quite nervous. Had the ping pong balls not rolled in their favor, the franchise was going to lose their lottery pick to the Philadelphia 76ers. It was part of the agreement when the Lakers took a gamble on adding Steve Nash to their roster. Fortunately for Los Angeles, they ended up with the second selection overall, which meant that they get to choose a potential franchise player coming out of college.
After years of tanking, the Philadelphia 76ers finally were awarded the first overall selection in the NBA Draft. They’ll get first crack at either Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram. Those are the two guys that have potential to become franchise players in the National Basketball Association. The Lakers would get whoever was not chosen by the Sixers.
As good of a player that DeMarcus Cousins is, the Sacramento Kings might be ready to move forward and build around another franchise player. Cousins has ruined his reputation after failing to get along with George Karl and forcing him to be released after last season. Karl is a well-respected coach in the NBA. Cousins has developed a reputation as a malcontent.
Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac is trying to start a new era for the franchise. He hired Dave Joerger, who was released by the Memphis Grizzlies despite getting the team to the NBA Playoffs with a rag tag unit of players who were filling in for injured stars. Divac claims that he is not trading DeMarcus Cousins this season, but if the right offer were to land on his lap, then he would be foolish to not listen.
Since he is considered a generational player, Ben Simmons would get to pick and choose what position that he wants to play for the Sacramento Kings. He can play small forward or power forward. The Kings would then need to find players that would complement Simmons. Since Simmons is not a great shooter but a great play maker, Sacramento can try to find a point guard, shooting guard and a front court player that can shoot and spread the floor.
DeMarcus Cousins is a big name player, so Los Angeles Lakers fans would be all over his acquisition.
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