DeMarcus Cousins was once tabbed to be the franchise player for the Sacramento Kings, and in many ways, he still is.
However, the young center is drawing trade interest from multiple teams around the league, namely the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dallas Mavericks, and Charlotte Bobcats.
From ESPN’s Chad Ford:
The Cavs won’t be the only team calling the Kings once they get a new GM in place. Sources say that the Charlotte Bobcats and Dallas Mavericks also will have interest in Cousins if Sacramento’s new management decides to cut ties with Cousins.
Bobcats owner Michael Jordan doesn’t want to be mired in the rebuilding process forever. If the No. 4 pick could net him an established low-post scorer, he’d bite. Cousins would be more of a “Plan C” for the Mavs if both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard decide not to join the Mavs this summer, but Cousins would give them a young presence in the paint to build around.
Cousins averaged 20.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in 75 games last season, and is undoubtedly one of the best centers in the game. Unfortunately, he has a bad reputation for his quick temper and immaturity.
It will ultimately be up to the new ownership group to decide whether or not they want to build the team around Cousins, or ship him off for a high draft pick and other pieces.