Despite owner Vivek Ranadive saying the Sacramento Kings have "zero interest" in trading All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, Adrian Wojnarowski reports that head coach George Karl's "intense desire to trade the All-Star center has made it increasingly unlikely this coach-star partnership can peacefully co-exist next season."
Additionally Wojnarowski reported that while the Lakers are indeed interested in Cousins and have pursued a trade with the Kings to acquire the disgruntled center, the Kings may not be interested in what the Lakers have to offer:
The Los Angeles Lakers have had significant interest with Cousins, but their No. 2 overall pick isn't as appealing to the Kings as finding a deal that includes established, veteran players. Ranadive doesn't want to rebuild with a move into a new arena on the horizon, and Karl is chasing Don Nelson's all-time NBA career victories record. Karl's interest isn't in cultivating long-term assets, but rather compiling as many victories as possible in the near future.
This does not necessarily mean that a trade where the Lakers would acquire Cousins is necessarily dead in the water, as Marc Stein reported earlier on Monday that the two teams had had "exploratory dialogue" on a three-way trade with the Orlando Magic wherein the Kings would acquire Nikola Vucevic to help fill the post void left by Cousins.
The draft may be three days away, but things are starting to get very interesting.