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Kings insist there are still no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins

Former Sacramento player Vlade Divac, right, talks with Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) before the Kings final home season game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Former Sacramento player Vlade Divac, right, talks with Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) before the Kings final home season game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

Amid another report the Kings are in talks with the Los Angeles Lakers about a possible deal involving All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, vice president of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac said keeping Cousins is still the team’s plans.

Divac replied “Nope” to a text messaging asking if the team’s plans had changed and if the team planned to trade Cousins.

Yahoo! reported the Kings and Lakers had exchanged the framework of a possible deal to send Cousins to the Lakers. The package the Kings would reportedly want would include the second pick in the NBA Draft today, rookies Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and other assets to make the deal work. Sacramento would like to send Carl Landry to the Lakers as part of the deal, according to the report.

While the Kings maintain they will not deal Cousins, reports and sources continue to insist a deal could happen because of the rift between coach George Karl and Cousins that centers on Karl’s desire to trade Cousins.

The two never established a good relationship and Cousins does not want to speak to Karl if the coach is insisting the team trades him.

Karl was asked Tuesday if he was interested in trading Cousins and said “my only interests right now are commitment, trust and building a team that’s excited about being in Sacramento and excited and committed to being a good basketball team and representing the city of Sacramento.”

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

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