Boogie to the Mile-High City sounds like an intriguing prospect. The Denver Nuggets are stuffed with talent, but they lack a true superstar who could squeak them into the playoffs in a yearly basis. DeMarcus Cousins might just be their long-awaited solution.
It won’t take a psychology expert to notice the discord between Cousins and the Sacramento Kings. The two-time NBA All-Star has been open about his displeasure with the Kings. Meanwhile, the team has not done much to appease its franchise cornerstone.
In recent years, the Kings have continuously perplexed Cousins by stockpiling on young, promising big men. Earlier this offseason, Cousins vented his frustrations on Twitter after the Kings selected centers Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis in the 2016 NBA Draft.
The surprising picks suggest the Kings are preparing to move on from Cousins. However, interested teams like the Nuggets would have to wait until next offseason to pursue him.
Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported that Cousins wants to give his relationship with the Kings one last shot. He has heard a lot of positive things about new head coach Dave Joerger.
Joerger is the Kings’ ninth coach in eleven seasons. He injects optimism and competency in a locker room badly in need of steady leadership. Despite the hopefulness surrounding Joerger’s hiring, this does not guarantee Cousins will stay past the 2016-17 season.
CBS Sports noted that league insiders expect Cousins to leave the Kings when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2018. The team should deal him a year before that in order to avoid losing a rare talent like him for nothing.
“They’re fooling themselves if they think he’s sticking around,” one NBA general manager mused. “The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn’t a point of no return in which you’re not getting high value for him.
The executive added that teams will aggressively try to outbid one another to covet DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings will have a field day in picking the best trade partner out of the bunch. The Nuggets might have some luck in the Cousins sweepstakes if they offer a trade package involving Kenneth Faried, Will Barton and future first-round draft picks.