The Sacramento Kings have a rather unrealistic asking price for a trade involving all-star center DeMarcus Cousins, per several league sources.
Cousins has been a subject of trade rumors for the better part of the last few seasons. Since drafting him in 2010, the Kings have never won more than 33 games in a season – and have fired five different coaches.
While one GM said there’s a “50-50 chance” that Cousins gets traded ahead of February’s deadline, another anonymous GM from the Eastern Conference said that Vlade Divac & Co. have unrealistic expectations about what a Cousins trade could fetch them.
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“They’ll never get what they want in return. They think Cousins is worth more than he actually is.
“He hurts you every bit as much as he helps you. He’s like a cheeseburger, or booze. Too much and you’ll pay a price,” the GM was quoted as saying by the website.
Meanwhile, another anonymous GM told the website that the Kings management have been exploring ways to move Couinsins in a “passive-aggressive” and “secretive” manner.
“They try to act like they would never ever trade him, but why not? That team stinks. They have since (DeMarcus Cousins) got there (in 2010),” the third GM told Amico Hoops.
There is a feeling around the league that the team which trades for Cousins would needed a headstrong coaching staff and a personnel of experienced players.
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Locker room worries?
Cousins, who has received more disciplinary fines and technical fouls than any other player over the last three years, has developed a notorious reputation for being a “locker room cancer”.
“I’d be terrified with that guy on my team. They’ve asked me about him, what I’d give up. The answer is not much, no one that I value,” said on GM when asked if he would welcome Cousins to his team.
“I’d take (Cousins), but you’d need a dominant personality to control him. I’ve been in that locker room. He’s a problem. They’d love to trade him, but can’t. So they act like they won’t. They would, though– tomorrow.”
On Sunday, DeMarcus Cousins tallied 22 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 blocks as the Kings beat the Toronto Raptors 96-91 to register their third win of the season.
The 3-5 Kings are not projected to make the postseason. However, new coach Dave Joerger has been praised for handling a team of combustible elements and a lack of playoff culture.
If the Kings enter the All-Star break under .500, it’s highly probable that Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins. The only question is: which team would risk trading valuable assets?