Lakers looking to Boogie?

It has become a trend in today's NBA game: win now. When we look back over the course of the last ten or so seasons, we can see the birth of the "super team," the "Big Three," or whichever name you choose to call it. In a way, it's similar to how a lot of musicians form supergroups, as musicians from established bands come together to create something new. In Basketball terminology, these players come together to pursue championships, and, with a margin of error this small, anything less than a championship is complete and utter failure. Could the Los Angeles Lakers be looking to follow the "win now" trend?

If they do pursue Sacramento Kings superstar DeMarcus Cousins, Laker Nation will know the answer.

DeMarcus Cousins by the numbers

From the perspective of the Los Angeles Lakers, or any team looking to potentially acquire the big man, DeMarcus Cousins is still arguably the best Center in the game in terms of overall consistency. Compared to his career averages, his scoring is up so far this season, at 26.6 PPG, while his rebounds are down by more than 2 per contest, and his blocks are relatively the same. By all accounts, even when you consider his off-court antics and locker room drama, Cousins is an asset to any team. Ultimately, the question becomes whether or not the price to acquire him is worth it in the end.

What would it cost the Los Angeles Lakers to acquire All-Star DeMarcus Cousins?

While the specific package of players that the Los Angeles Lakers would deal to the Sacramento Kings in a potential trade for DeMarcus Cousins could involve a number of combinations, players on the table would likely include: Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, D'Angelo Russell, Brandon Ingram, and/or Larry Nance Jr.

On top of which, there may be throw-in players like Nick Young, or Timofey Mozgov. In any combination that one can draw up, it is likely to include 2-3 players, a potential example being: D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Nick Young for Cousins.

Whichever way one looks at it, it would entail the Los Angeles Lakers shipping off a good portion of their future in return for the prospect of winning now.

And even so, winning now isn't really a viable option, even with Cousins in tow. The fact remains that the Lakers have acquired quite a bit of young talent through the draft in recent years, and, talented though the players may be, they are still raw and unpolished in a lot of ways. While the potential is there, the notion that the Lakers will contend for a title right away is a long shot, even for a team and a city used to hoisting championship trophies and raising championship banners.

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