Here’s the reality: The Kings organization has no real desire to trade DeMarcus Cousins. They know they have a franchise cornerstone piece in the young center. George Karl likes him.
Cousins himself doesn’t want to be traded from Sacramento, either. Don’t confuse that with him trusting management, he doesn’t. They have not earned that from him. But he’s not trying to push his way out the door, either.
Yet, the rumors will not die.
Me: So you wouldn’t entertain any offers for him at this time?
VD: Well, if it’s Michael Jordan there, I’ll think about it. (Laughs)
Well, since Jordan is pretty sure he can still beat his Hornets’ players one-on-one, maybe this is a good trade. (As an aside, I love the irony of Jordan’s statement on the team he assembled.)
Sure, we can all come up with fantasy basketball trades where the Kings would be willing to give up Cousins. If OKC decides to move Durant for him, the Kings would be in. But we all also know that is not happening.
If Cousins decides he’s had enough and starts going Vince Carter circa Toronto, then we can talk trade rumors for him. Until then, the Kings don’t want to move him, and he doesn’t want to be moved. Can we all move on?