NBA Trade Rumors: Sacramento Kings To Test Trade Market For DeMarcus Cousins
The saga of troubled Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins continues postseason for the knocked-out of contentions Kings as speculations have been buzzing that Kings General Manager Vlade Divac has had enough of the big man's on-court and locker room drama.
According to Silver Screen and Roll via Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin, Divac has finally thought through the possibility of cutting ties with the former Kentucky Wildcat via trade.
"The sense within the organization is Divac is tempted by the prospect of pairing his center with his personally selected coach but that he has become increasingly frustrated by his center's ongoing issues and, for the first time, is willing to test the market for the two-time All-Star."
Earlier in the postseason the Kings relieved themselves of George Karl who was greatly contemplated to let his hard-nosed coaching slowly glue together the team's now falling into pieces line-up.
With Karl getting the ax will DeMarcus follow suit as the center hasn't really been that sociable with his teammates except for Rajon Rondo, who like the former was a head case also in the locker room.
Cousins' teammates have confidence spoken of their franchise team mate's erratic behavior which included being impertinent not just to them but towards Karl also.
Divac has continuously struggled to build a nucleus of talented players around Cousins and it seems this recent booting from the NBA Playoffs could be that last nail in the coffin for the former Kings' center to consider trade options for their volatile yet extremely gifted center.
According to CBS Sports, Cousins despite that overblown temperament is an invaluable trading piece as there is no scarcity in the teams speculated to have interest in his skills.
Apparently, most basketball insiders have drawn into this conclusion that if ever Cousins does pack his bags out of California then he will be moving to the Eastern Conference. The Celtics have a clear-cut basketball championship tradition and they have an insanely considerable supply of future draft picks to have the Kings take the bait.
With Cousins on their fold, the Celtics will no longer be booted out of the first round of the playoffs even if they have to face Lebron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Justise Winslow-Hassan Whiteside trade combo has been running in the basketball grapevine since last year. If this comes to a realization, the Pat Riley will have a perennial star to replenish an aging Dwayne Wade.
Pairing Cousins with the "Greek Freak" Giannis Antetokounmpo could be an opponent's nightmare in the shaded area. The Bucks as mentioned could go this route by letting go of prized pick Jabari Parker along with new transplant Greg Monroe plus some picks to sweeten the deal.