Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is one of the most exciting players in the league for so many reasons.
He is an incredible athlete and scorer that dominates the post in a way almost no one else in the league can. He is also an explosive personality with a penchant for getting coaches fired and getting thrown out of games.
If that wasn’t enough, he also has been at the center of blockbuster trade rumors for pretty much his entire career. Now, trade rumors are rumbling once again with the Kings headed for another losing season. An anonymous executive from around the league went as far as to say there is a 50 percent chance he gets traded before the deadline.
‘I’d say it’s 50-50,’ said one Western Conference executive. ‘If not, it’s not necessarily because they want to keep him.’
“Instead, several team executives and general managers told Amico Hoops the Kings are only holding on to Cousins because they have no other choice.
“’They’ll never get what they want in return,’ said an East GM. ‘They think Cousins is worth more than he actually is. He hurts you every bit as much as he helps you. He’s like a cheeseburger, or booze. Too much and you’ll pay a price.’”
It’s not surprising that the Kings are holding out for top dollar for their franchise player. He is the first truly valuable asset they have had in years, and he could be the key to a serious contender if they ever figure out how to build around him. But with every passing year, that just looks more unlikely.
If this is true, I can only imagine how much they’re asking for him. There should be several teams around the league willing to sell the farm to get Cousins, so if none of them can match the Kings’ trade desires, the price must be absurdly high.