DeMarcus Cousins has been at the center of trade rumors since NBA draft this season. But the Sacramento Kings management has decided to move on without striking a blockbuster deal with their star center Cousins.
George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins were rumored to be head coach and star combination that would never work in Sacramento; something like Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant in LA Lakers. Karl didn’t include Cousins in his scheme of things and wanted him to leave the side. But owner Vivek Ranadive‘s stubborn stance in favor of the star still keeps Cousins open for Sacramento.
Trade rumors about Cousins
Despite owner Vivek Ranadive’s thoughts that a trade couldn’t be done, experts see a trade contract materializing in near future.
“DeMarcus Cousins. Look, again, Sacramento I think wants to hold onto him. Certainly, owner Vivek Ranadive absolutely wants to hold onto DeMarcus Cousins. But I’ve been told that if you polled the rest of the organization, the vast majority are in favor of trading DeMarcus Cousins and that would include, though he denies it, Coach George Karl,” revealed Howard Beck of Bleacher’s Report.
Carmelo Anthony and Joe Johnson are the other two heavyweight names along with the Kings center, who could start 2015-16 trade blockbusters.
If Roy Hibbert proves his worth in the Lakers’ roster, Cousins trade option would become limited. Unless the Kings’ management clarify any change of stance regarding DeMarcus Cousins, the trade rumors surrounding him would continue, certainly for the first two months of the new season.
The relationship between Karl and Cousins, if it improves, could see the star center staying back at Sacramento again.