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Lakers’ silent phone means Kings aren’t calling

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

This, that and the other thing:

▪ If the phone isn’t ringing in Mitch Kupchak’s Lakers office, you know it’s Vlade Divac in Sacramento not calling.

Divac will not trade DeMarcus Cousins. He will not trade his All-Star today, and he will not trade him to L.A. No way, I say.

The latest rumor involving the Kings center makes no rhyme or reason. ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Monday afternoon that the Lakers’ general manager is trying to piece together a three-team trade, along with the Orlando Magic, that would send Cousins to the Lakers.

If Divac traded the Kings’ best player to their most hated rival, he might as well go with him. Imagine Cousins in a Lakers uniform, dominating the Kings at Golden 1 Center en route to the playoffs while the Kings conclude another losing season.

Even if Divac were to listen to Kupchak, what do the Lakers have that’s equal to or potentially better than Cousins? Would you rather have the No. 2 pick, potentially Jahlil Okafor of Duke? Like Cousins in 2010, he’s a 19-year-old kid who will need years to develop into an NBA star. The Kings have been there, done that.

▪ How awful was it watching the best golfers in the world putt at the U.S. Open on what looked like greens on a municipal course? The greens at Chambers Bay appeared yellow with divots, as if they had just been aerified. Golfers looked frustrated at misses and relieved to find the bottom of the cup. It was fitting that the tournament ended on a 3-foot missed putt.

▪ The only thing more maddening than the greens at the U.S. Open was listening Sunday to Joe Buck and Greg Norman. Buck is a football and baseball broadcaster, clearly out of his element on the links. Norman often was quiet, and when he talked, he said the obvious. Maybe Fox wanted him there to give insight in case a golfer choked away a six-shot lead in the final round.

Victor Contreras: (916) 326-5527, @sacbeevictor

Playbook

  • WHAT TO WATCH: Baseball, San Diego at Giants, CSNBA, 7:15 p.m.: The Padres have the Giants just where they want them – at AT&T Park, where the home team has trouble scoring and winning.
  • TWITTER CHATTER: “ESPN sources: Lakers are actively trying to construct trade scenarios to acquire Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins.” – Marc Stein @ESPNSteinLine
  • ON THIS DATE: On June 23, 2005, the San Antonio Spurs beat the Detroit Pistons 81-74 in Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The Spurs’ Tim Duncan is named Finals MVP.
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