Dec 5, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) motions after scoring a basket against the Toronto Raptors during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Cousins' Trade Rumors Put to Rest


He’s been the talk of the NBA since Christmas. Who will trade for him? Are the Kings silly to deal a guy with such unlimited potential? You know, those types of questions that have people thinking and running potential trades through the NBA Trade Machine over at ESPN.

Dec 30, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) dunks the ball during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Boston Celtics 118-96. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Well, forget about these fantasies because DeMarcus Cousins will not be traded says Geoff Petrie, the Kings’ general manager.

“You can put that one to rest,” Petrie told NBA.com’s David Aldridge. “He’s not going anywhere. You can lay that to rest. Some of that stuff lives in its own reality.”

Perhaps the Kings came the the realization that Cousins is a building block when he’s not creating problems. And the Kings don’t have many building blocks. Tyreke Evans, for instance, was thought to be their future point guard or shooting guard. With a few nagging injuries shelving him for the good part of the last month, though, he’s nowhere to be seen.

The Kings, who own an 11-19 record, are commited to making Cousins a successful draft pick, which is something they haven’t been able to say for a long, long time.

“Everybody’s moving forward,” Petrie told NBA.com. “He’s still a young, developing player that’s yet to reach his potential and is still a major piece of the future planning here. Everyone’s committed to working with his development as a player and his overall growth.

Despite shooting nearly 50 percent from the field last season, Cousins is shooting an abysmal 43 percent this season. His points (16.5) per game are down and his rebounds (9.7) per game are also down

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