Report: George Karl controls Kings’ personnel, wants Ty Lawson, willing to move DeMarcus Cousins
Shortly after hiring George Karl, the Kings traded for Andre Miller, Karl’s point guard the Nuggets.
That might not be the last roster move Karl inspires in Sacramento.
Pete D’Alessandro, who worked with Karl in Denver, is still the Kings’ general manager. But Karl might have usurped some control and could use it to acquire Ty Lawson – or even trade DeMarcus Cousins.
Lawson is reportedly available, and he might be unhappy in Denver. If the Nuggets get serious about dealing him, I’m sure many teams would be interested. Karl, certain he can succeed with Lawson, might be willing to offer most in a trade.
Cousins is a different story. Just because the Kings are willing to trade him doesn’t mean they will – or even come close. He’s a young star, and it would be difficult for other teams to give Sacramento fair return. They’ll surely try, though.
The most significant aspect of this report might be Karl’s influence in roster-building. They Kings have obviously made a large commitment to Karl, and if that extends beyond just coaching, it could have a huge affect on the franchise. Karl doesn’t necessarily share the same opinion on the players D’Alessandro has acquired, and that could mean a pretty big roster shakeup.