The Lakers and
The Lakers' offer includes the second overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft and "might be the best offer the Kings can get" at this point, according to the person, although the Kings have publicly stated they are not interested in trading Cousins.
The Lakers would probably also have to give up
Cousins, 24, averaged 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists a game last season, his fifth in the
Kings Vice President
Divac also denied that Sacramento Coach
Cousins has three more years and $50.9 million remaining on his contract. He was the fifth overall pick in 2010.
Meanwhile, the Lakers continued to weigh their draft strategy, assuming they don't trade their No. 2 pick.
They haven't had a selection that high since taking
Latvian center Kristaps Porzingis has less of a chance to be drafted by the Lakers but intrigued them with his workouts and unique blend of talent as a 7-foot-2 center with three-point touch.
The Lakers finished with the NBA's fourth-worst record last season (21-61) but jumped two spots in the draft thanks to a lucky lottery night last month.