DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento Kings have no intention to break-up this offseason despite the myriad of rumors surrounding the all-star big man, per several league sources.
Earlier in April, the Sacramento Bee reported that Kings GM Vlade Divac wouldn’t hesitate to trade Cousins this summer if the team received a viable offer. However, it seems that Cousins is now on the untouchables list.
When Kings hired Dave Joerger, several reports suggested that the former Memphis Grizzlies coach would prefer starting anew without the likes of Cousins and Rudy Gay, who have failed to guide the team to the postseason for several years.
Remember, the Kings have fired five different coaches since drafting Cousins in 2010. Joerger would be the sixth coach who would try and work alongside the temperamental Cousins, who has developed a notorious reputation in the league for his suspensions, fines and on-court outbursts.
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However, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders has reported that since returning from the Olympic Games in Rio, Cousins has told the Kings front office that he wishes to stay with the team.
“Fresh off his Olympic gold medal campaign, the Kings and Cousins have agreed to take a fresh-start approach to the relationship. Cousins says he likes the hiring of Dave Joerger and that everything he’s heard from the team this offseason is good with him.
“There are still some roster moves to work out, but Cousins says he is all the way on-board with the plan Joerger and Vlade Divac have for the team,” Kyler wrote earlier this week.
Kyler also revealed that several suitors were shot down by the Kings. “Incoming calls from other teams have been dismissed. There seems to be zero desire to even talk about a Cousins trade from the Kings’ side.
“Unless things are just brutally bad out of the gate, the Kings likely play out the first season under Coach Joerger and make decisions from there once they know more,” added the Basketball Insiders report.
Cousins would be a free agent in the summer of 2018. Therefore, it wouldn’t make sense for the Kings to shop him around just yet. However, if the forthcoming season doesn’t end Sacramento’s decade-long playoff drought, expect the Kings to finally part ways with Cousins. This coming season could be the last roll of the dice.
DeMarcus Cousins averaged 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds last season.