My guess is every few nights Celtics powerbroker Danny Ainge sits down on his couch around 11 p.m. with his favorite beverage in hand, flips on SportsCenter, sees DeMarcus Cousins highlights, and instinctively calls Vlade Divac just to check. Again.
But everything I — and everyone else — hears is that the Kings are not looking to deal Cousins right now. Until owner Vivek Ranadive changes his mind it’s all moot, something James Ham of CSN Bay Area and I discuss in the latest PBT Podcast.
Cousins and the Kings are in Boston the night after their “rain out,” and the big man did his part to shoot down trade rumors.
The Kings are 7-11 this season, but they are just a couple of games out of the playoffs right now and think that the team is still adjusting to what new coach Dave Joerger wants from them (particularly defensively). Cousins espoused calmness about the latest changes in the system in Sacramento.
The Cousins rumors are not going away — the vultures, in the forms of other GMs around the league, are circling. Other teams around the league believe the Kings have to trade Cousins, sooner rather than later. The Kings know that if they go down that road, even if the get an impressive haul of young players and picks, they are in full rebuilding mode and will be three years away at least from making the playoffs (and they already are in a 10-year playoff drought). First year in a new building, they will be slow to make that move, if they make it at all before the trade deadline.
Which will just mean more speculation.