As soon as it was known that the Sacramento Kings had suspended center DeMarcus Cousins for fighting with head coach Keith Smart, teams around the NBA were licking their chops and hoping that the young big man would be available via trade. Many teams, including the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, started to inquire about Cousins availability, per ESPN’s Marc Stein.
While team may be interested in Cousins’ services, it takes two to tango. Unfortunately for those teams hoping to acquire a big man, it doesn’t appear that the Kings are willing to make a move anytime soon.
The early word from the DeMarcus Cousins trade watch, according to the latest rumbles on the personnel grapevine, is that Kings co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof remain reluctant in the extreme to part with their young big man, especially at a time when — after three suspensions already this season — Cousins’ trade value isn’t exactly on the upswing.
There’s a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term….
Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Rest assured there will be more.
It is wise for the Kings to hang on to Cousins. He is one of the most talented young big in the league and he is the type of player that can save and change a franchise.
If Sacramento has a change of heart and decides to put Cousins on the block, everyone will be calling and they will have their pick of the trade offers. Hopefully, they would get reasonable compensation for such an incredible young talent.