DeMarcus Cousins, the all-star center, has been subject to trade rumors for the better part of his career. It seems like the Sacramento Kings could finally pull the trigger this offseason, per sources.
According to several reports, the Kings front office is listening to trade offers for Cousins, so as long as they can acquire an all-star in return or a package of promising young players.
The Kings have fired five different coaches since drafting Cousins in 2010. Would new coach Dave Joerger put up with the center’s tantrums or suffer the same fate as his predecessors?
Since the Kings aren’t expected to make the playoffs, they could prefer to hit the reset button and build the team around younger players. But nothing is imminent yet.
DeMarcus Cousins to Chicago?
According to Chicago Chronicle’s Carlos Douglas, there is mutual interest between Cousins and the Chicago Bulls.
— Carlos Douglas Jr. (@TheRealC_Los) July 30, 2016
Cousins and Rondo, the new point guard of the Bulls, were teammates in Sacramento, albeit just for one season. During their time together, Cousins often defended Rondo despite the team’s inability to close the deal against lesser experienced teams in the western conference.
Earlier this year, Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee reported that Kings GM Vlade Divac was growing frustrated with Cousins, who has developed the reputation of the Bad Boy due to his suspensions and brazen attitude.
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“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,” Voisin wrote in April, hinting that the Kings would trade Cousins this summer.
Cousins has also been linked with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics.
The all-star center averaged a career-high tally of 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per season. The team which acquires Cousins would instantly shore up its front court.
However, is DeMarcus Cousins worth the trouble? Should a team be willing to sacrifice assets for the temperamental star?