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Lakers pursuing DeMarcus Cousins, per ESPN; Possible 3-team deal with Magic

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are the latest team to inquire about Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins.

Though the Kings have been reluctant to field offers (publicly at least), the Lakers apparently feel they can build a trade package good enough to at least tempt Sacramento to deal their franchise big man.

ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Lakers, along with the Orlando Magic, are looking at a possible three-team deal that would send the former Kentucky Wildcats star to the franchise that's won 16 NBA championships.

The Los Angeles Lakers have emerged as one of the most determined trade suitors for Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, according to league sources.

Sources told ESPN that the Lakers have been actively pursuing trade scenarios in recent weeks in attempt to construct a deal that would convince the Kings to part with Cousins.

Sources say that the Lakers, Kings and Orlando Magic have had exploratory dialogue on a three-way Cousins trade that would land the 24-year-old in Los Angeles. All three teams hold top-six picks in Thursday's NBA draft, and Orlando has a young top-flight center of its own in Nikola Vucevic, who could theoretically fill the Cousins void.

At this stage, it still looks very unlikely Sacramento will be willing to move the best player they've had in over a decade. Maybe in a another year if there is no sign of them progressing as a franchise, they may shop Cousins 'if' they think he'll eventually leave when he hits free agency again.

Still, Cousins doesn't become an unrestricted free agent until 2018. It's probably going to be at least another full year before Cousins is playing on a different team.