The Los Angeles Lakers attempted to trade for former Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins over the weekend, but reportedly refused to include second overall pick Brandon Ingram in any package for the now New Orleans Pelicans center.
There has been scuttlebutt since that the Kings’ decision ultimately came down to the Lakers and Pelicans offers anyway and that Cousins would be a Laker today if the team had their 2017 first round pick outright (it will convey to the Philadelphia 76ers if it lands outside of the top-three selections).
The Kings’ choice to go with the Pelicans’ offer may have cost the Lakers’ front office their jobs, according to Sam Amick of USA Today. Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak were fired on Tuesday morning, and Amick reported that “going after DeMarcus Cousins was Jim & Mitch's last-ditch attempt to save their jobs,” as well as that “Jim really wanted him, Mitch handled talks.”
He also added this:
Jeanie is done w/ Lakers' inability to get stars in Laker Land, & she had always seemed convinced Cousins could calm down in their setting.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 21, 2017
It’s unknown who outside of new Lakers president Magic Johnson will be attempting to bring stars to Los Angeles now that Buss and Kupchak are out, although a pair of former sports agents are reportedly candidates to replace them, as well as a few other names Amick added:
Two more names to watch in Lakers situation, in addition to Rob Pelinka & Arn Tellem: Portland's Neil Olshey & former Cavs GM Chris Grant— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 21, 2017