Marc J. Spears also reported that Cousins’s representatives told the Kings after the 2014-15 season that Boogie wanted to be traded to the Lakers. That summer, Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers and Kings had discussed a framework for a trade. On the night of the trade to New Orleans this February, Boogie’s agent, Jarinn Akana, said his client wouldn’t re-sign with the team that trades for him. It was likely just a threat to Sacramento’s leverage in a trade, thus maintaining Boogie’s chances of earning a super max with the only team allowed by the new CBA to give it to him. But Woj also reported that Cousins could go to the Lakers as a free agent, and that L.A. had even discussed a trade for Boogie but was unwilling to give up Brandon Ingram.
At the very least, there’s a lot of noise going back to 2015 regarding a Boogie-to-Lakers move. I’ve heard similar rumblings in recent months. A reunion with John Wall in Washington also seems plausible, but that’d require a sign-and-trade. Wall previously told The Undefeated that Cousins “said he would come to D.C.” Regardless, if Cousins isn’t “stubborn and loyal,” he’ll have a chance this summer to sign with any team that wants him, though the number of teams with the requisite space may be limited. Cap projections by ESPN’s Bobby Marks reveal only six teams (Lakers, Hawks, Nets, Bulls, Mavs, and 76ers) that can realistically create a max slot. Cousins is already schmoozing with LaVar Ball, and if the Lakers are to attract LeBron James, they’ll need to add at least one more star. LeBron has already called Cousins the league’s best big man. “It starts with the head of the snake and that's Big Cuz,” LeBron said in January 2017 when asked about the challenges of facing the Kings. “He’s the best big man in our game. His ability to not only play in the interior, but he handles the ball extremely well. He’s shooting 3. He gets his guys involved at times too.”
Multiple front-office sources I spoke to said they’re expecting the Pelicans to ride it out this season, unless they’re an unsalvageable disaster once the trade deadline rolls around. “Trading Cousins would mean the end of Davis,” said one executive. “Keeping Cousins gives them more time if he comes back.” But the Lakers are expected to have the cap space to sign two max-contract players, and could easily add a third using a combination of salary fillers and prospects. No matter what LeBron decides to do, I’d be nervous about Cousins leaving to start anew in Los Angeles.
Edited by UKUGA, November 01, 2017 - 05:16 AM.