Report: Kings, Lakers discuss DeMarcus Cousins trade framework

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Report: Kings, Lakers exchange framework of possible DeMarcus Cousins trade
Thursday June 25th, 2015

The Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Lakers have exchanged the preliminary details of a trade that would send the All-Star forward to Los Angeles, according to a report from Yahoo Sports.

Kings vice president Vlade Divac has pursued a deal that would potentially include the Lakers' No. 2 pick in the NBA draft, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and "other draft assets," Yahoo said.

Additionally, Sacramento is believed to want to unload Carl Landry's $13.5 million contract as part of the deal.​

Cousins is not enthusiastic about returning to Sacramento after new head coach George Karl's push this spring for management to trade him, according to the report. Cousins is purportedly eager for a trade to the Lakers. 

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The Kings engaged in trade discussions with other teams as well, the report said. The Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics have been rumored to be contenders for Cousins' services. 

While Divac has insisted he will not trade Cousins, Kings coach George Karl reportedly maintains an "intense desire" to trade Cousins. The Lakers have been said to have been pursuing a trade for Cousins aggressively for several days. 

Karl is reportedly interested in acquring Denver guard Ty Lawson, who Karl coached as the head coach of the Nuggets from 2009 until 2013. 

Cousins, 24, has three years remaining on a 2013 contract with Sacramento. He averaged a career-high 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds for the Kings during the 2014–15 season.

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