While the Sacramento Kings new ownership group intends to build the franchise around DeMarcus Cousins, the star center has other thoughts in the form of a potential trade demand.
According to Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, Cousins’ agent, Dan Fegan, “wants a maximum deal for his client with the threat of a trade demand looming if a deal isn’t reached.”
He is entering the final season of a four-year, $15.8 million deal, but is eligible for a contract extension this summer.
Cousins, who has been told to keep silent, offered a “no comment” when asked about the Kings’ new regime.
Cousins averaged 20.1 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in 75 games last season, and is one of the best centers in the game.
Unfortunately, he has a bad reputation for his quick temper and immaturity.
From arguing with referees to elbowing players to disrespecting head coaches, Cousins has pretty done everything that is humanly possible to ruin his image.
However, he is a budding star and a damn good player, so the Kings are doing everything in their power to appease him:
“He’s an unbelievable talent,” said newly-hired GM Pete D’Alessandro. “I can’t speak more highly about him as a player. I will be getting in touch with him, for sure. He’s unbelievable. He’s a very important part of what we’re looking to do.”
If he really is that important, then the Kings better be willing to pay up.