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Kings unwilling to trade DeMarcus Cousins

12/30/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

FanIQ | Sports Rumors, Gossip, Blogs, News & Discussion ForumsThe trade deadline is still over a month away but there are already rumblings of an interested trade market in DeMarcus Cousins. The Sacramento Kings haven’t even put DeMarcus Cousins on the trade block. Yet after his recent two-game suspension for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team” following an verbal altercation with coach Kevin Smart during last Friday’s loss to Cleveland Cavaliers, there’s the general assumption that DeMarcus Cousins has burnt all bridges in Sacramento.
 
Front-office sources claim that Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons are just two teams who have expressed their interest in negotiating for DeMarcus Cousins if the Sacramento Kings are willing to test the trade waters. However, the Sacramento Kings are unlikely to make such a hasty move after taking the trouble of trading up in the 2010 drafts to pick DeMarcus Cousins. Moreover, Sacramento Kings co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof are rumored not to be on board with the talented bigman DeMarcus Cousins, who is the centerpiece on a young team. Besides, after DeMarcus Cousins’ third suspension this season, his trade value is expected to spiral.
 
DeMarcus Cousins returned from the suspension to the Sacramento Kings’ lineup in Friday’s 106-105 win over the New York Knicks, scoring 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assist.
 
The rumors regarding the Detroit Pistons may be nothing more than the residual effect of a long-standing interest in DeMarcus Cousins. However, other potential trade partners sense the “under-fire” general manager Geoff Petrie, under whom the Sacramento Kings have seen five different coaches (over six seasons) without making a single playoffs run, could be looking to move DeMarcus Cousins in favor of a quality veteran who can get them some wins on the short-term. But is it worth sacrificing the Sacramento Kings’ long-term future?
 
Undoubtedly the egotistic DeMarcus Cousins is hard to deal with, but he plays with a lot of passion and showcases a lot of talent. That’s why the Sacramento Kings brought in Kevin Smart, who has a better relationship with DeMarcus Cousins, to groom the young 22-year-old talent. However, after the latest setback, it appears the Sacramento Kings need a stabilizing influence within the organization and locker room. But with the ownership potentially looking to move the Kings out of Sacramento and given Kevin Smart’s perplexing rotation, it’s hard to find stability anywhere within the organization.
 
And with DeMarcus Cousins’ new agent Dan Fegan, who has a stale relationship with the Sacramento Kings, they could be revisiting the trade idea.
 
In that scenario, it’s easy to see why the size-starved Boston Celtics, who need a strong presence on the board could use a 6-foot-11, 270-pound youngster like DeMarcus Cousins, who has potential to become one of the NBA’s leading centers for the next decade or so. The Boston Celtics have the locker room which can handle a loud personality like DeMarcus Cousins, while he’d also make a formidable future pairing with Rajon Rondo.
 
While the Detroit pistons may already have Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, DeMarcus Cousins far excels them in terms of talent. Still the bigs aren’t the Detroit Pistons’ priority at the moment.
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