The Kings are rumored to have engaged in trade talks for Cousins with other teams beyond the Lakers. The Lakers, though, have a number of assets that seem to intrigue the Kings, including the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft, second-year player Julius Randle and First Team All-Rookie guard Jordan Clarkson.
The Lakers, sources say, are not willing to part with Randle or Clarkson.
That report contradicts the words of Kings vice-president Vlade Divac, who has insisted that Cousins will not be placed on the market.
Karl has reportedly recruited Divac and Kings players to convince owner Vivek Ranadive that Cousins should be dealt. The fear now is that Cousins will clash with Karl next season knowing that the latter yearned for such a trade.
Sources have also told Yahoo that Ranadive has become annoyed with Karl's insistence on trading Cousins and also that the coach doesn't believe he can control the strong-willed standout.
Cousins could fetch quite a package. He has become more productive in time. He finished last season averaging a career-best 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds per game.
"That is not happening," Divac said. "But I would love to do something, a smaller move, before the draft. We have a lot of changes to make. The league is much more up-tempo now, and we need more three-point shooting. If we don't get that in the draft, we'll be active in free agency and see about making trades later in the offseason."
Cousins averaged 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds in 59 games last season.
Cousins has started to train during the offseason now that his health has improved.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” Cousins said. “My mind is in a good place. I’m just staying away, laying low, resting my mind and body.”
“He’s a great talent,” said Gay. “If not the best, he’s one of the best big men in the game.”
Cousins, who averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game this season, was an All-Star and made the All-NBA team this year. Gay believes Cousins is just starting to reach his potential as an NBA player.
“He’ll be just as great as he wants to be,” Gay said.
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