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Report: NBA executives increasingly think Kings will trade DeMarcus Cousins

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before:

The Kings are bad. DeMarcus Cousins is frustrated. Sacramento could trade Cousins.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News:

there’s reason to think that by the time February’s trade deadline comes around, Cousins will no longer be with the Kings — and a move could come in the first half of December. That’s the speculation among front office executives around the league, at least.

“I’d say they have three months, tops,” one Western Conference general manager told Sporting News, requesting anonymity because he is not allowed to speak about other teams’ players. “Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the (February trade) deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”

My initial reaction was opposing teams are just agitating for Sacramento to trade Cousins, who is incredibly talented, reasonably young, already productive and locked up into 2018. And I’m sticking with that.

But Kings minority owner Shaquille O’Neal suggested the Kings could trade Cousins. Is it that unreasonable rival teams have similar expectations?

Sacramento probably cares too much internally about winning now to trade Cousins yet. I don’t buy that his value will drop much between now and the trade deadline. He’d still have plenty of time to help his new team secure playoff position and get acclimated in time for the postseason.

But if the Kings (4-7) keep struggling, they should look harder at dealing their franchise player. His value will drop considerably once his contract becomes expiring this summer.

Brian Scalabrine, Warriors downplay Klay Thompson trade rumor that Scalabrine amplified

OAKLAND, CA - JANUARY 25:  Klay Thompson #11 of the Golden State Warriors fakes out Evan Turner #11 of the Boston Celtics at ORACLE Arena on January 25, 2015 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Warriors might have one too many primary scorers with Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson. They’re also middling defensively and poor on the glass. The Collective Bargaining Agreement looms as a threat to their roster.

Could Golden State flip a scorer for help elsewhere and greater salary-cap flexibility?

Brian Scalabrine, via SiriusXM NBA Radio

This weekend, I heard Klay Thompson might be available.

I heard that rumor going around, and it was specifically to a team that wears green.

I’m not making this up. I think it has been written.

Scalabrine speculated a deal could involve the Celtics trading Jae Crowder and Avery Bradley to the Warriors and a Nets pick to a third team, which would sent a rim protect to Golden State.

That makes a reasonable amount of sense.

Crowder and Bradley are adept at doing the little things a team like the Warriors needs done. Golden State could also use a rim protector whose value is commensurate with a Brooklyn pick – say, for example, Nerlens Noel. (Though reported potential CBA changes with Noel’s cap hold could make maxing out Curry and Durant even more difficult.)

Boston would get its long-coveted star. Pooling assets works for the Celtics, because they’re so rich with players, picks and cap flexibility.

The biggest problem: This rumor isn’t grounded in reality.

Sam Amick of USA Today:

Scalabrine himself:

Scalabrine also directed followers to his source – the type of content-farm website that generates hits through sensationalized and downright false rumors, sports and otherwise. The site immediately launched multiple virusy pop-ups.

There’s a reason nobody who thoughtfully covers the NBA noticed this “rumor” until Scalabrine brought it up. The original source should’ve been ignored.

No, we can move on from this as something Boston or Golden State is actually discussing. But as a trade idea? Yeah, it’s somewhat interesting.

Kevin Durant chase-down block on dunk quickly leads to Stephen Curry 3-pointer (video)

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 09:  Stephen Curry #30 high-fives Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during their game against the Dallas Mavericks at ORACLE Arena on November 9, 2016 in Oakland, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The Warriors haven’t quickly vaulted into dominance the way many expected, but their ceiling remains extraordinarily high – and they keep showing glimpses of it.

We saw signs in the preseason, but here’s two-way excellence when it matters more.

Kevin Durant chased down Devin Booker to block the Suns guard’s fastbreak. The Warriors got the ball going the other way in a hurry, and Stephen Curry immediately nailed a 3-pointer.

Spencer Hawes misses open fastbreak dunk, hangs on rim (video)

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Frank Kaminsky got his shot wrecked against the Cavaliers, but at least he was hounded by a defender – LeBron James, no less.

Hornets teammate Spencer Hawes had no such excuse.

Mason Plumlee smoothly finishes reverse alley-oop (video)

PORTLAND, OR - APRIL 29: Mason Plumlee #24 of the Portland Trail Blazers after grabbing a rebound late in the fourth quarter of Game Six of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Los Angeles Clippers during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at the Moda Center on April 29, 2016 in Portland, Oregon. The Blazers won 106-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
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Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee is so graceful: