Report: George Karl pushing Kings to trade DeMarcus Cousins

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The DeMarcus Cousins trade buzz has picked up in recent weeks. Despite the Kings front office’s insistence that it’s not on the table, the Lakers have been making a push for the All-Star big man. It all seemed like noise, until a new report Monday night that claims Kings coach George Karl is pushing the front office to move Cousins.

From Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski:

Despite Sacramento Kings management’s public insistence that DeMarcus Cousins is unavailable in deals, coach George Karl’s intense desire to trade the All-Star center has made it increasingly unlikely this coach-star partnership can peacefully co-exist next season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Karl has been recruiting Kings vice president of basketball operations Vlade Divac and multiple players on the Kings’ roster to unite with him in making the case to owner Vivek Ranadive that Cousins needs to be traded, league sources said.

That’s…a big deal. If Karl’s desire to trade Cousins is really that strong, it’s tough to imagine they hang onto him and deal with the drama that will come with it, especially after these reports. This is going to be a fun summer.