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Los Angeles Lakers pushing hard to trade for Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, report says

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15), shooting over Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) and Atlanta Hawks forward Elton Brand (7) at Sleep Train Arena during a March 16, 2015, game, is the subject of possible trade talks.
Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15), shooting over Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) and Atlanta Hawks forward Elton Brand (7) at Sleep Train Arena during a March 16, 2015, game, is the subject of possible trade talks. pkitagaki@sacbee.com

It’s been more than a decade since the Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings were the top dogs in the NBA’s Western Conference.

Now the Lakers are reportedly looking to Sacramento to change their fortunes.

ESPN reported Monday the Lakers are aggressively pursuing a deal to acquire Cousins, courting the Orlando Magic as a part of a three-team deal to send the All-Star center to Los Angeles.

The Kings have stated repeatedly they do not plan to trade Cousins. Most recently Kings vice president Vlade Divac told The Bee, “That is not happening” when asked about dealing Cousins.

Cousins is in the second year of a four-year, $62 million contract.

Boston has long been reported as a suitor of Cousins, too. Denver has been mentioned lately with former Kings coach Michael Malone recently accepting the head coaching job with the Nuggets. Cousins remains a big supporter of Malone, fired by the Kings is December.

But the Kings remain adamant they do not want to deal Cousins, and he has not gone to management to ask for a trade, in spite of the tumultuous 2014-15 season the Kings had.

Jason Jones: @mr_jasonjones, read more about the team at sacbee.com/kings.

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