DeMarcus Cousins squeaked onto the All-Star team this year, after a couple of players who were initially selected were forced to drop out due to injury.
It was undoubtedly his best NBA season, with career-high averages in points (24.1), rebounds (12.7), assists (3.6) and blocked shots (1.7) — although at least a small portion of his success can be chalked up to putting up big numbers as the best player on one of the league’s worst teams.
Still, Cousins is viewed by most as one of the game’s best emerging big men, and one capable of being the centerpiece of a winning franchise for years to come. The Kings know this, and aren’t going to be shopping him in trade anytime soon. But Sacramento head coach George Karl says that no player in his mind is untradeable — and presumably, that philosophy would extend to Cousins.
“I think we can make a big step next year. As an organization, we have to be aware of what if? What if we get offered (a good trade)? What if? That’s Pete and Vlade’s (Divac) area of expertise.” …
“I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable,” Karl added. “You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way.”
Cousins is the current face of the Kings franchise, but Karl is correct in saying that all players should be available, if the price is right.
Of course, for a team to pry Cousins away at this point would require an offer that would seem almost comical in its one-sided nature on the surface — something in the realm of two or three future first round draft picks, including a number one overall selection, and maybe some affordable role-players or lower-level stars, as well.
Cousins has a desirable skill set, but mentally hasn’t yet shown he can stay focused for an entire season. Plenty of the blame for that falls on the Sacramento organization, and the lack of competency with which it’s been run. And that doesn’t mean teams wouldn’t be interested in him should the Kings, at some point, decide to start sniffing around.