November 23, 2012; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) leaves the court following the 104-102 loss to the Utah Jazz at EnergySolutions Arena. Mandatory Credit: Russ Isabella-USA TODAY Sports

DeMarcus Cousins Not "Untouchable" After Altercation

DeMarcus Cousins once, and still perhaps looks like a solid building block for the Kings. A powerful force a in the paint, with a solid mid-range shot, and great footwork for his size, the Kentucky product is a special commodity, a cornerstone piece to any organization.

Nov 24, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) argues a call with a referee during the third quarter against the Utah Jazz at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Until Cousins puts a damper on his often invective outbursts, though, he will not fulfill his potential as a cornerstone piece. Thus, the Kings won’t entirely rule out the possibility of trading the gifted big man.

Despite trade rumors taking full flight, Sacramento continues to work with the problematic Cousins. Seemingly little progress has been made, however.

Head coach Keith Smart, who was believed to be one Cousins’s few supporters, now seems to be one of his biggest enemies following the altercation.Smart isn’t the only one effected by Cousins’s issues, though, as many of his fellow teammates are also altering their games to avoid igniting a fire.

James Jones of the Sacramento Bee reported Sunday that several of his teammates pass the ball to him simply because they don’t want to “endure one of his tirades.”

Still, Kings’ basketball president Geoff Petrie remains optimistic.

Petrie told Jones, “”We met with DeMarcus (Saturday) morning and talked to him about it some more,” said Petrie. “And we want to try some path going forward where these type of situations don’t continue to present themselves.”

Eventually, the Kings will have to make a decision, as the balancing act between “we’re keeping him” and “we will look into trading him” isn’t helping the rebuilding process. In the wake of the potential trade rumors, Marc Stein of ESPN speculates that the Miami Heat could be one to put in a phone call to Kings’ management if Cousins is indeed put on the block. To be sure, nothing is imminent.

The Kings will continue their dreadful season in Portland Sunday, as they look to improve upon their 8-18 record.



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