NBA Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins Demanding A Trade?

NBA Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins Demanding A Trade?
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DeMarcus Cousins hasn’t been afraid to vocally slam the Sacramento Kings front office for their baffling selections at last month’s NBA Draft.


When Sacramento selected Greek center Georgios Papagiannis at No. 13 and former Kentucky big Skal Labissiere at No. 28, Cousins tweeted “Lord give me the strength”, perhaps expressing displeasure at the Kings’ choices.

DeMarcus Cousins losing patience?

Cousins isn’t far off. Sacramento drafted Willie Cauley-Stein last season while signing Kosta Koufos in free agency. Add Cousins, Papagiannis and Labissiere to that team, and we’re talking about an extremely crowded front court. How exactly does Sacramento plan to accommodate all these bigs?

On Tuesday, Cousins addressed Sacramento’s draft choices while talking to reporters after Team USA’s practice session in Las Vegas. “I can’t control (the draft decisions). I control what I can control. I don’t really understand it, but I do my job,” said the all-star big man.

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Last month, Cousins denied that his controversial tweet had anything to do with Sacramento’s draft choices. In fact, he told ESPN that he was referring to “a yoga class” while tweeting what he did. Many felt that Cousins was being quirky with his response.

“I don’t really understand what’s going on. I just control what I can control,” Cousins said while reminded of the amount of front court players on the Sacramento Kings roster.

Meanwhile, it’s too early to rule out the possibility of Cousins getting traded this summer. For several years, Sacramento has resisted from pulling the trigger even though they haven’t hesitated to fire a series of coaches who had unhealthy working relationships with Cousins.

A trade on the cards?

In April, the Sacramento Bee reported that Sacramento Kings general manager is running out of patience with Cousins, seeing as the team has fired five different coaches since the Kentucky standout was drafted in 2010.

“A year ago, Cousins was untouchable. A year later, the sense within the organization is Divac is tempted by the prospect of pairing his center with his personally selected coach but that he has become increasingly frustrated by his center’s ongoing issues and, for the first time, is willing to test the market for the two-time All-Star,” revealed Sacramento beat writer Ailene Voisin.

Will this be the summer when DeMarcus Cousins finally finds a new home? Clearly, the star player and the team aren’t on the same page. Cousins has subtly hinted that he wants out.