While Kings management has insisted all offseason that they have no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins, that's not stopping teams from trying to pry the All-Star center away from Sacramento.
The latest team with their eyes on Cousins? The Lakers.
According to an ESPN report, the Lakers are trying to build a trade that would get the Kings to deal Cousins to them. The report speculates that the two teams have had "exploratory dialogue" with the Orlando Magic about a three-team deal.
But on Saturday, in a column posted by the Sacramento Bee, Kings vice president Vlade Divac shot down the idea of trading Cousins:
"That's not happening, but I would love to do something, a smaller move, before the draft. We have a lot of changes to make," Divac said.
The Kings hold the No. 6 overall pick in Thursday's NBA Draft.
On April 13, prior to the Kings' game against the Lakers, head coach George Karl told reporters that he's "never had one player that I have said is untradeable."
Divac was asked about Karl's comments in an interview with SiriusXM NBA Radio on May 19:
“Well, I think, you know, Coach kind of step it up further than he should and, of course, everybody has their opinion but right now, if we’re talking about today, yeah, DeMarcus is untradeable. He’s a guy who we’re going to try to build around and see where he’s going to take us," Divac said.