Can the Los Angeles Lakers Build a Blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins Trade?

You've got to admire the Los Angeles Lakers' ambition, but you've also got to acknowledge the myriad obstacles between them and their reported target, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.

According to Marc Stein of 

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.

Oh, and the talks are real, according to Sports Illustrated's Chris Mannix:

Sacramento continues to explore several deals. Talks with the Lakers for DMC are real, sources say, but ownership determined to keep him.

— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixSI) June 23, 2015 All right, sure. I guess those are better than fake talks.

But here's where it gets interesting. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, it's head coach George Karl who is pushing to trade Cousins. Wojnarowski writes that the relationship between Karl and Cousins may be "irreparable," and Karl has lobbied Kings players to join him in his stance that Cousins needs to be moved.

Of course the Lakers want Cousins. His contract (for four years and $65.6 million, according to Spotrac) is probably the best value in the league. He's a franchise centerpiece, a physically overwhelming interior presence who, given the right scheme, could absolutely anchor an elite offense.

He's easily one of the league's best big men, and he's become such despite mucking around in the Kings' failure bog for his entire career.

"It's been a circus, man. It's been a complete circus," Cousins told Michael Lee of the Washington Post after a rough 2014-15 season.

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