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REPORT: Lakers Still Open to Trading D’Angelo Russell for DeMarcus Cousins

The Lakers drafted someone fans and experts consider the best player in the 2015 NBA Draft in D’Angelo Russell. The Ohio State point guard has many people excited about his debut with the Lakers and his long-term potential.

However, the Lakers are still open to trading Russell if they can get DeMarcus Cousins in return. Via LA Times:

This is the West, where it takes 48-50 wins, while climbing over one of the playoff teams plus Oklahoma City with Kevin Durant back, up-and-coming Utah and young-and-promising Minnesota.

This process will take years, not a year.

You shortcut it at your peril, even if the Lakers were willing to trade their No. 2 pick for Sacramento’s even-higher-maintenance-than-Dwight-Howard DeMarcus Cousins … and would send Russell up there tomorrow if that would do it, a league source told me.

Not that it’s likely to happen, either.

With owner Vivek Ranadive intent on not trading Cousins, much less to the hated Lakers, the Kings asked for the moon — the No. 2 pick, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, more picks.

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