DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings have had an interesting relationship, to say the least.
Since being drafted 5th overall in the 2010 draft, Cousins has been one of the most productive centers in the NBA. Last season, he had the best year of his career, dropping nearly 27 points per game, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists. His production on the court isn’t in question. However, off the court, he’s had several issues.
He’s never really gotten along with coaches or teammates. He’s been very vocal about his issues with the organization. Whether that’s his fault or the team not surrounding him with the right pieces, he still uses the media to set the narrative. Last year, the team drafted center Willie Cauley- Stein with their top pick, and signed Kosta Koufos, who also plays center. And most recently, the team made some questionable decisions on draft night. The Kings traded the 8th overall pick to the Suns. In exchange, they received the 13th and 28th picks. With the 13th selection, the Kings took center Georgios Papagiannis from Greece, and with the 28th pick they took big man Skal Labissiere from Kentucky.
At the USA team practice, Cousins told reporters he doesn’t understand the team’s strategy in drafting.
“I can’t control [the draft decisions],” Cousins said. “I control what I can control. I don’t really understand it, but I do my job.”
Cousins has a right to be upset. They could have drafted somebody with the 8th pick that might have had an impact right away. Instead, they drafted what could be perceived as his replacements. So what are the Kings planning to do?
Sacramento has done nothing recently to show allegiance to Cousins. He still has two more years left on his deal. His value right now is pretty high. If the Kings are looking at the big picture, this is the time they should unload Cousins. If they try and trade him next year, teams may get scared off by the fact he could leave at the end of the year. In terms of what the Kings can get back in exchange, there will never be a time that they can get more. So why hold onto him? They aren’t winning the title this year or next. It’s time to cut the losses and rebuild.
Do you think the Kings will trade Cousins this season?