Sacramento is “eyeing Denver point guard Ty Lawson, according to sources, who thrived under head coach Karl in Denver,” Mannix reports.
Karl has an “intense desire” to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday, while ESPN's Mark Stein reported that the Los Angeles Lakers were “actively pursuing” a trade for Cousins.
Rumors of a potential Cousins trade have swirled for over a month, with the Nuggets and Boston Celtics previously mentioned as the most likely suitors.
Cousins, who turns 25 in August, has three years left on the max deal he signed in 2013. He had a career year this season, averaging 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.7 blocks per game, all career highs.
Lawson, 27, averaged 15.2 points per game last season, his lowest since he backed up Chauncey Billups in 2010–11, though he did average a career high 9.6 assists per game.
Karl coached Lawson for four seasons in Denver, from 2009–13, leading the team to the playoffs in each season.
- Dan Gartland