Pacific Notes: Kings, Cousins, Lee, Gasol

Last night, the Clippers donned their whites and made themselves right at home in their 107-102 victory over the LakersKobe Bryant gave the Lakers 38 points but a team effort from the Clippers – bolstered by Chris Paul's 30 points and 13 dimes – ultimately won out.  Here's today's look at the Pacific Division..

  • DeMarcus Cousins' 31 points and 20 boards in Friday night's road win over the Raptors puts the exclamation point on the Kings' current preference to hold on to him, writes Joel Brigham of HoopsWorld.  The Mavericks are interested in Cousins and Brigham theorizes that Dallas could offer some combination of Darren Collison, Chris Kaman, Rodrigue Beaubois, and Jae Crowder.  All of those players, except for Crowder, are on expiring contracts.
  • David Lee no longer feels pressure to play up to his six-year, $80MM deal and as a result, finds himself as an All-Star candidate this season, writes Marcus Thompson II of the Bay Area News Group.  Lee is averaging 20.2 PPG with 11.1 RPG so far this season.
  • Brian Kamenetzky of (on Twitter) opines that the Lakers have to figure things out with Pau Gasol and integrate him into the system as his trade value isn't exactly at its peak right now.  After last night's game, Gasol told reporters that he won't be requesting a trade after being left on the bench for most of the final frame.

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