Just what is going on with DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings?

According to a USA Today report Friday, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive gave Cousins' agent permission to pursue a trade with the Lakers before Thursday's NBA draft.

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That is the same Ranadive who told USA Today the day before the draft that the team had "zero interest" in moving the disgruntled center.

The most recent USA Today report says that Ranadive gave his blessing to Cousins' agent, Dan Fegan, to pursue a deal with the Lakers. That raises questions about Cousins' ultimate fate.

Before the draft, Ranadive shot down rumors that Cousins was headed for the Lakers in a trade involving the Magic.

"We have no interest in moving him," Ranadive said. "From my perspective, it's really simple: we feel that he's a one-of-a-kind player, and we have a group of players right now and we're going to build on it."

Kings VP of basketball and franchise operations Vlade Divac seconded that sentiment, saying a Cousins trade, "is not happening."

Now comes the report that Ranadive gave his blessing to Cousins' agent to pursue a deal. There's no question Cousins wants out, and his camp is lobbying hard to get that done. And there's no question the Lakers could use his presence in the front court.

The 24-year-old Cousins averaged 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds per game last season. He has three years remaining on a contract worth $47.2 million.