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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Since rewarding Kobe Bryant --who was rehabbing from a torn Achilles-- with NBA's richest contract, the Lakers are 84-220, 2nd-worst in NBA.

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Toronto Raptors will assign rookie forward Pascal Siakam to D-League's Raptors 905 this week, league sources tell ESPN.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

DeMarcus Cousins told reporters in Sacramento he was "shocked" to learn of the news that he'd been traded, but that the Pelicans have "made the situation a lot more comfortable" by sending coach Alvin Gentry and GM Dell Demps on the plane to bring him to New Orleans. "It's been hard," Cousins said, according to ABC 10 in Sacramento. "For it to just happen overnight, and then to just come home [from the All-Star Game] -- I've got to rush to get things done. My mindset was I was coming home to relax for a couple days. It's been a hectic two days, but that's the nature of the beast."

Marc Stein ESPN Senior Writer 

Hearing more and more teams say today they believe Detroit will NOT discourage trade inquiries for center Andre Drummond this week.

Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer 

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry and GM Dell Demps took a private plane to Sacramento to pick up new additions DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Cassi, according to ABC10 producer Sean Cunningham.