DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings are entering the new season with hopes of a cordial relationship. However, league sources inform that Boogie’s days in Sac-Town are numbered.
Back in April, the Sacramento Bee reported that this would be the offseason when Kings general manager Vlade Divac finally pulls the trigger on the Cousins trade.
However, when Cousins returned from the Rio Olympics, there was a feeling that the two camps wanted to reconcile and give new coach Dave Joerger a clean slate.
It seems like the Kings are starting to realize that trading Cousins is their best option since the team isn’t expected to make the postseason. Remember, Cousins was drafted in 2010 and has never led the team to the playoffs.
DeMarcus Cousins to Lakers?
The Los Angeles Lakers have long viewed Cousins as the missing superstar to bring them back to relevancy.
Earlier in the offseason, ESPN’s Mark Stein reported that the Kings were interested in trading for Lakers sophomore D’Angelo Russell, who had an up-and-down rookie season.
Even though the Lakers management is strongly behind Russell as a future cornerstone, one source informs that they won’t blink an eye if the Kings come calling in a trade that would fetch them Cousins.
Since the Lakers already have Jordan Clarkson, Jose Calderon and Marcelo Huertas on the roster, Russell isn’t the only option at point guard. Therefore, they could be tempted to part with Russell in exchange for Cousins.
Lakers will have to add Lou Williams and/or Julius Randle to make the salaries match.
On Tuesday, we saw first sings of dysfunction in the Kings camp during a preseason game against the Lakers.
Coach Joerger and Cousins didn’t seem to be on the same page. And the feeling within the air was that the Kings were on the brink of trading the all-star center.
Kings finally trading Boogie?
ESPN insider Tom Haberstroh reported Tuesday that the Kings are in a position to build around their battery of young centers/bigs which include Willie Cauley-Stein, Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere.
“The Kings have recently loaded up on young big men, which could be a sign that they’re increasingly ready to move on. If things don’t fly with Joerger and Cousins, look for teams with attractive assets, such as Boston, Denver (reunion with Mike Malone?) or Oklahoma City, to try to land a star under contract before the trade deadline.
“My growing sense is that Cousins might be playing in the 2017 playoffs — for another team,” wrote Haberstroh.
Stay tuned for the latest on the DeMarcus Cousins situation.