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Kings’ executive Vlade Divac: “DeMarcus is untradeable”


Kings’ coach Goerge Karl has fueled the hopes and dreams of Celtics fans — and a lot of other fan bases — when he said that he’s never had a player that is untradeable.

Did that mean DeMarcus Cousins could be available? Trade rumors started to fly on Celtics message boards and across NBA fandom. Cousins is as good a traditional big man as there is in the game and is a franchise cornerstone kind of piece.

Which is why the Kings are not going to trade him.

Those aren’t my words, they are the words of Kings’ decision maker Vlade Divac on SiriusXM NBA Radio Tuesday night before the Draft Lottery (Divac was in New York to represent the Kings at the lottery).

“Well, I think, you know, Coach kind of step it up further than he should and, of course, everybody has their opinion but right now, if we’re talking about today, yeah, DeMarcus is untradeable.  He’s a guy who we’re going to try to build around and see where he’s going to take us.”

If you want to keep your trade dreams alive Boston, you can rightly note that no GM would say “this guy is on the trade block” even if he were. It’s about leverage.

That said, this isn’t the first time word has leaked out that the Kings planned to keep Cousins.

Kings’ ownership and Divac see Cousins for what he is, a cornerstone piece. If you’re going to move him, it’s going to take a lot more than the No. 16 pick and some prospects to get the job done — you’ll demand another young, foundational piece in return. And even then they might balk.

Cousins has three seasons left on his deal in Sacramento, the guy making the decisions wants to keep him, and frankly he can work well in Karl’s system — Cousins is exceptional when he runs the floor. It’s just getting him to do it consistently that’s the challenge (ask Coach K of Team USA).


Andrew Wiggins only unanimous All-Rookie first-teamer, Jordan Clarkson tops Marcus Smart for final first-team spot

Andrew Wiggins, Jordan Clarkson

Andrew Wiggins (who won Rookie of the Year), Nikola Mirotic, Nerlens Noel and Elfrid Payton were presumed All-Rookie first-team locks.

It seemed the final spot would come down to Jordan Clarkson and Marcus Smart – and the Lakers guard won out.

All-Rookie first team (first votes-second votes-points)

  • Andrew Wiggins, Minnesota (130-0-260)
  • Nikola Mirotic, Chicago (128-2-258)
  • Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia (125-2-252)
  • Elfrid Payton, Orlando (121-8-250)
  • Jordan Clarkson, L.A. Lakers (74-52-200)

All-Rookie second team (first votes-second votes-points)

  • Marcus Smart, Boston (28-86-142)
  • Zach LaVine, Minnesota (22-91-135)
  • Bojan Bogdanovic, Brooklyn (7-93-107)
  • Jusuf Nurkic, Denver (3-91-97)
  • Langston Galloway, New York (7-58-72)

Other players receiving votes, with point totals (first-place votes in parentheses):

Rodney Hood, Utah, 54 (1); Tarik Black, L.A. Lakers, 28; K.J. McDaniels, Houston, 20; Dante Exum, Utah, 17 (3); Jabari Parker, Milwaukee, 13; Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City, 9; Aaron Gordon, Orlando, 5 (1); Spencer Dinwiddie, Detroit, 4; Jerami Grant, Philadelphia, 4; Kostas Papanikolaou, Houston, 4; T.J. Warren, Phoenix, 4; Damjan Rudez, Indiana, 3; Tyler Ennis, Milwaukee, 2; Joe Ingles, Utah, 2; JaKarr Sampson, Philadelphia, 2; James Ennis, Miami, 1; Cory Jefferson, Brooklyn, 1; Tyler Johnson, Miami, 1; Shabazz Napier, Miami, 1; Nik Stauskas, Sacramento, 1; James Young, Boston, 1

Overall, the teams are pretty spot on, and the top vote-getters after the second team are deserving of strong consideration.

But get further down the list of players who got votes? Someone has to explain to me how anyone could consider many of these players a top-10 rookie. Strangely, a quick glance of the voting breakdown shows few examples of homerism in these outliers.

Celtics’ assistant GM: Boston will be “very, very active” this offseason

Boston Celtics Vs. Brooklyn Nets At TD Garden

No team may be better poised to make some moves this summer than the Boston Celtics.

They have roughly 5,932 draft picks to move (that may be a little high, but they have a lot). They have some interesting young players they can move. They have the cap space to take on salaries. Plus they have the tradition of the Boston Celtics (although tradition doesn’t sell players like it used to).

That doesn’t mean that Kevin Love, or LaMarcus Aldridge paired with Wesley Matthews, or DeMarcus Cousins, are coming to Bean Town — those are both long shots at best — but Boston will be active in shaping the roster this summer.

Don’t take my word for it, look at what Celtics’ assistant general manager Mike Zarren told the Boston Herald.

“We’ve got a lot of opportunities to do something significant this summer,” said Zarren. “There’s going to be a lot of good free agents. We could move up in the draft. We’ve got assets of every kind that other teams like.

“It’s too early to really know what’s going to happen — the lottery hasn’t even happened yet — but we’ll be very, very active in all phases of front office work this summer.”

This summer, the dynamics are unique. Every team knows that the salary cap is going to spike by more than $20 million after this season, and another $17 million or more the following season (thank you new national television deal). That means teams will be willing to make moves and take on contracts knowing that in a year what looked like a bad contract will be far less of a burden against the cap.

“There’s a lot of teams that are going to be active this summer, so that makes for a more liquid trade market for us,” said Zarren.

What that will translate into in terms of players wearing Celtics’ green next season remains to be seen. Don’t think GM Danny Ainge will make moves for the sake of making moves.

But no team may be better positioned to pounce financially than Boston.