If you haven’t heard by now, the Sacramento Kings traded All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday.
The Kings received Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick, but it appears their initial aim was much higher.
According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, citing sources, the Kings had been engaged with the Los Angeles Lakers, but L.A. was unwilling to part with one of their young stars.
While Cousins is a dominant center, the Lakers were wise not to break up their young nucleus of Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Brandon Ingram in order to try and make the playoffs this season.
Ingram, the No. 2 overall pick in 2016, has a wide array of offensive skills and has played much better since head coach Luke Walton inserted him into the starting lineup. The Lakers currently have the third-worst record in the NBA and only can keep their 2017 first-round pick if it lands within the top three.
In a loaded draft class, the Lakers should look to add another young star and build around their youth.
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