Don’t expect DeMarcus Cousins to be traded anytime soon. The Sacramento Kings have reportedly shut down hearing offers for the two-time NBA All-Star.
Cousins is coming off his best offensive season. Last year, the 6-foot-11 center notched 26.9 points and grabbed 11.5 rebounds per contest. His scoring versatility, coupled with his hostile relationship with the Kings organization, made him an interesting trade target for several Eastern Conference teams.
According to Hashtag Basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers were head over heels for Cousins. The LeBron James-led squad were willing to part ways with power forward Kevin Love just to acquire the Kings center.
Despite the interest, word around the league is that the Kings are no longer entertaining offers for Cousins, at least for this upcoming season, as per Fansided. The 25-year-old Alabama native still has two years remaining in his current deal with the Kings. He won’t be an unrestricted free agent until the summer of 2018.
Cousins is set to become the starting center for Team USA in the 2016 Rio Olympics. The tournament will boost his confidence and basketball IQ coming into the 2016-17 NBA season.
“It can only help him,” USA Basketball director Jerry Colangelo told NBC Olympics. “I think all the players who play for us are better people for it. They become better players. As a result, they get absorbed in the culture and that culture they bring back to their respective teams, and ultimately they benefit.”
Cousins is far from being happiest franchise player in the NBA. His six-year stint with the Kings has been marred with bad teams and public tussles with coaches.
He will likely pick up where he left off last season and improve his numbers even more, barring any injuries or suspensions. The Kings are poised to receive even better trade offers for Cousins in the next two seasons, as opposed to this offseason.