Demarcus Cousins, regarded by many as the best Center in the NBA, has been subject to trade talks ever since coach George Karl took charge of Sacramento Kings last season.
If the working relationship between Cousins and Karl doesn’t improve, there is a good chance the former Kentucky standout gets traded before the deadline. While the Los Angeles Lakers and Denver Nuggets were considered trade suitors in the past, the Miami Heat have jumped ahead as the most likely destination for Cousins.
The Kings (5-10) would expect nothing short of an all-star caliber player to replace Cousins. The Heat have two options: they can either swap Chris Bosh for Cousins and a few role players. Or they can sign Hassan Whiteside to a max deal and complete a sign-and-trade transaction. Whiteside, who leads the NBA in blocks (4.85) this season, is an unrestricted free agent next summer.
The question is: would Whiteside be comfortable moving to Sacramento? Wouldn’t he rather pick a team of his choice next summer? Bosh, who still has three years left on his contract, is a more viable option since the Kings would secure an all-star for the foreseeable future.
According to recent reports, Cousins already has one foot outside the door. A few weeks ago, Cousins delivered an expletive-laden tirade toward Karl after the Kings’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Cousins would proceed to apologize for his actions.
How much longer before Cousins is traded?