Report: Lakers Wanted DeMarcus Cousins, But Refused To Part Ways With Brandon Ingram
Before the Sacramento Kings sent big man DeMarcus Cousins packing to the New Orleans Pelicans after the NBA All-Star game, he was almost sent to the bright lights in Los Angeles.
The Lakers and Kings had been engaged in trade talks for the past 48 hours, but the talks died after the Los Angeles Lakers refused to part ways with Brandon Ingram.
Kings wanted Brandon Ingram in a trade package for Cousins, but Lakers refused to include him, league sources tell @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
Instead, the Kings turned their attention to the Pelicans, eventually giving them Cousins in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and two picks.
Ingram was the 2nd pick in the 2016 draft and is averaging 8.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 1.9 assists on just 36.2 percent field-goal shooting and 30.4 percent from distance.