Execs talk of Kings’ Cousins conundrum

DeMarcus Cousins is in his seventh NBA season, all with the Kings.

The Sacramento Kings are off to another lousy start, another start that makes the playoffs seem like a pipe dream — again. 

So is this the season they finally trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins?

“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.”

A third team executive told Amico Hoops that Kings GM Vlade Divac and owner Vivek Ranadive have indeed explored moving Cousins, albeit in a “passive-aggressive” and “secretive” manner.

“They try to act like they would never ever trade him, but why not?” one GM said. “That team stinks. They have since (Cousins) got there.”

That GM later added, “the only good things Ranadive has done was to buy the team and keep it from moving to Seattle, and get those Kings bloggers in his backpocket. I’m convinced he pays some of them.”

When asked if he would want Cousins, the GM responded, “I’d be terrified with that guy on my team. They’ve asked me about him, what I’d give up. The answer is not much, no one that I value.”

The West team executive answered: “I’d take (Cousins), but you’d need a dominant personality to control him. I’ve been in that locker room. He’s a problem. They’d love to trade him, but can’t. So they act like they won’t. They would, though– tomorrow.”

Cousins, 26, is 6-foot-11 and in his seventh NBA season, all with the Kings. He has compiled career averages 20.3 points and 10.7 rebounds.

The Kings were 2-5 heading in to Sunday’s game at Toronto.

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