Maybe, just maybe, the Kings will deal problematic center DeMarcusCousins. After nearly a week of the Kings suspending, benching, arguing, and tossing around the idea of trading him, it may be time to give some sort of definite answer, as playing the waiting game isn’t helping their rebuilding undertaking. When the Kings do make a decision, though, they won’t have find an empty line of suitors for Cousins.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported Friday that the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons are two teams that have a considerable amount of interest in Cousins.
Even so, co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof are still “reluctant” to party ways with him given his low trade value after three suspensions. General manager Geoff Petrie, meanwhile, wouldn’t recoil at the notion of trading the third-year forward. In return, he would prefer a dependable veteran or two.
With the ownership ultimately having the final say in any transactions, the Maloof’s will get their way until they budge.
While trading someone of Cousins’s potential stature for the short term and long term should draw a slew of quality young players in return, Petrie wants veterans. At this point, veterans aren’t going to benefit the team, as they’re at least three years away from contending.
So Kings’ brass are seemingly again not on the same page. Perhaps the two sides will collaborate and agree on the same rationales regarding Cousins, but nothing seems imminent.