UPDATE 3:49 PM: Cousins’ agent told Wojnarowski they’ve been assured he’s not on the move, so who knows what’s happening. Original story follows.
Trade deadline rumor season is officially in full-swing. The Sacramento Kings are “engaging in trade talks” involving DeMarcus Cousins, according the always plugged-in Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
Wojnarowski reports that the Kings have mostly been in discussions with the New Orleans Pelicans (according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders, the two have discussed an offer of Buddy Hield and multiple first round picks), despite still not being sure if they actually want to move Cousins or not.
Kings general manager Vlade Divac said just a few weeks ago that the Kings would not be entertaining trade offers for Cousins.
Despite the typical dysfunction surround Sacramento, Cousins has been productive for the Kings this season, averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game on the year.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak has said that the Lakers’ trade discussions have been “more meaningful” this season, and the two teams were connected in trade talks surrounding D’Angelo Russell during the 2017 NBA Draft, but thus far there have been no indications that the two teams have re-engaged on those discussions.
Cousins being back on the market is noteworthy, however, and it will be interested to see if the Lakers become connected to him or any other players as the NBA trade deadline approaches on Thursday.