The Los Angeles Lakers are having a rough season, to say the least. The Lakers are currently in 14th place in the Western Conference and have the third-worst record in the league, only ahead of the Phoenix Suns and Brooklyn Nets.

The Lakers are used to being an NBA powerhouse, winning the NBA championship 16 times. If the team wants to return to their former glory, they need to make a change. They need to make a trade.

On July 8, 2016, the Lakers signed Cleveland Cavaliers free agent Timofey Mozgov to a four year $64 million dollar contract. Since then, Mozgov has averaged 7.5 points and 4.9 rebounds a game. Those are not good stats for someone who is getting paid a maximum contract.

The Lakers need a better center, and luckily for them, the Sacramento Kings are trying to trade DeMarcus Cousins.

DeMarcus Cousins is having a stellar season averaging 28.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 27.16 minutes a game. Cousins was recently named an All-Star, but despite his great play, the Kings are trying to trade him because of his attitude.

Cousins is known for his rude behavior and overall bad attitude. Cousins has 14 technical fouls so far this season, compared to his 17 throughout the complete season last year.

The Los Angeles Lakers need to trade for DeMarcus Cousins because they are currently in need of a better center, and an All-Star center is on the trade block. The Lakers should take advantage of this golden opportunity and get Cousins. The acquisition of Cousins will give the Lakers more depth to their lacking frontcourt.

Cousins obviously won’t make an immediate difference and make the Lakers a playoff team this season, but the Lakers are young and have extreme potential with future stars D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Larry Nance Jr. and number two pick in last year’s draft, Brandon Ingram. With the base of young players and the addition of Cousins, the Lakers will without a doubt have a better record next season and be a title contender in the future. The present might be dim for the Lakers but the future is very bright.

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