Trade Cousins for Randle? It could be a win-win scenario
06/23/2015 08:40 PM
SACRAMENTO, CA — The Kings and Lakers might be trading one former Kentucky Wildcat for another before NBA Draft night on Thursday.
Despite owner Vivek Ranadive’s claims that Sacramento has “zero interest” in trading All-Star DeMarcus Cousins, head coach George Karl is reportedly determined to move the mercurial center, possibly via a trade with the Los Angeles Lakers involving Julius Randle and this year’s No. 2 overall pick in the draft.
The Lakers selected Randle with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 draft before he missed the entire regular season with a knee injury.
ESPN reports that when the Kings hired Karl in the spring, there was pushback from Cousins’ camp.
DeMarcus was a staunch supporter of former Kings head Coach Mike Malone, calling his abrupt firing last December “unexpected and emotional.”
Amidst the rumors, Cousins took to Twitter on Monday night with an all-time great response.
Just to clarify, those Emojis are references to the line “When the grass is cut, the snakes will show” from Jay-Z’s “The Blueprint 2” album.
Strangely enough, fellow star players Carmelo Anthony and Andre Iguodola have Tweeted similar messages in reference to the same line while also playing under Coach Karl.
When the grass is cut…— Andre Iguodala (@andre) May 15, 2014
WHEN THE GRASS IS CUT THE SNAKES WILL SHOW.— Carmelo Anthony (@carmeloanthony) February 25, 2011
Coincidence? We’ll let you decide.
According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, the Kings have given Karl power to make draft picks and even engineer some trades, but ownership has drawn the line at shipping out its All-Star center.
“I have no idea where that’s coming from,” Ranadive said of the reports to USA Today Sports on Monday. “But if you like, you should talk to [Kings vice president of basketball and franchise operations] Vlade [Divac], because I know Vlade feels exactly the same way. And I’m deferring to Vlade on everything. We have no interest in moving him. From my perspective, it’s really simple: We feel that he’s a one-of-a-kind player, and we have a group of players right now and we’re going to build on it.”
Earlier this week, Divac echoed his owner’s sentiments, telling the Sacramento Bee that any trade for Cousins “was not happening, but I would love to do something, a smaller move, before the draft.”
Nevertheless, multiple suitors have inquired about Boogie’s services, including the Los Angeles Lakers, who could package a deal around Randle, young guard Jordan Clarkson, and the No. 2 overall pick in Thursday’s draft.
The most likely selections at No. 2 would be Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor of Duke, and Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell.
KSTV discussed the ever-changing Cousins trade rumors on Tuesday’s show, explaining that a switch of scenery might just be the best case scenario for DeMarcus.
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