The Sacramento Kings are expected to fire coach George Karl in the near future. Contrary to earlier reports that the organization will trade DeMarcus Cousins this summer, it appears they are willing to give their embattled franchise player another shot at working with a new coach, per latest NBA Rumors.
Since Cousins was drafted in 2010, Sacramento has been forced to fire a plethora of coaches, including Paul Westphal, Keith Smart, Tyrone Corbin and Michael Malone. Needless to say, Cousins had issues with all those coaches. This time around, it was expected that Cousins would be the one leaving town. Instead, Cousins is set to get his sixth head coach in seven seasons.
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2017 trade deadline…
Since Cousins is contracted until the 2017-18 season, the Kings feel it’s wiser to work through their differences. Yet again. “There is a belief within the organization and around the league that Cousins won’t be truly available unless the situation doesn’t significantly improve leading up to the Feb. 2017 trade deadline,” writes Sam Amick of USA Today.
If Kings do decide to rid themselves of the “Cousins Problem” in the forthcoming off-season, expect the likes of Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Boston Celtics, Dallas Mavericks and Orlando Magic to suit up. “Those phone calls for Cousins will most certainly come,” writes Amick.
Lakers rejected deal last season…
According to the USA Today report, the Lakers and Kings were nearing a trade for Cousins last off-season but couldn’t work through a win-win deal. “If the Kings wanted the No. 2 pick, Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson and draft considerations for Cousins, some of them thought, then why even bother engaging in discussions?”
According to Amick, Cousins’ agent Dan Fegan desperately tried to get his client out of Sacramento. Will he do the same this off-season? Stay tuned for latest NBA Rumors.