The Los Angeles Lakers are reportedly interested in trading draft pick D'Angelo Russell for DeMarcus Cousins straight-up, according to the Los Angeles Daily News.
According to the report, the Lakers would pull the trigger on a straight-up deal sending Russell to Sacramento, but the Kings are looking for more in return, including Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and other draft picks.
The Kings have 3 years and just over $47 million left to pay on Cousins' contract. Cousins averaged 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds in the 2014–2015 season.
The Lakers drafted Russell with the second overall pick in the NBA Draft on June 25. In his lone season for the Ohio State Buckeyes, Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
- Christopher Chavez