Kings decision-maker Vlade Divac won’t be bullied into trading away DeMarcus Cousins, but if ownership would get out of the way, his job would be a whole lot easier.
As news of the Lakers working on a deal with Sacramento became reported, with Kings head coach George Karl appearing to be pushing for a trade behind the scenes, it seemed as though pressure was being applied to Divac to make something happen.
But as it turned out, the agent for Cousins was the one behind it all — at ownership’s behest.
So when [agent for DeMarcus Cousins Dan Fegan] tried to orchestrate a trade that would send Cousins to the Los Angeles Lakers in the days leading up to the draft – one that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive gave him permission to pursue when he made it clear that Cousins wanted out – it wouldn’t have shocked anyone if Divac decided to do the deal just to quiet this storm. Instead, he’s trying to fix a fractured situation on his terms.
When asked about the unhealthy dynamic between Karl and Cousins and the idea that they may be able to work it out, Divac pulled no punches and left all options open in terms of what happens next.
“I’ll be honest with you, how I think right now, I think they got the message yesterday,” he said. “So here I am, and if you’re on board, (you’re) more than welcome. If you’re not, I’ve got to go. I can’t wait. We do have everything except time. We have to go forward and try to make it a healthy environment and try to have a good team for next year.
This is where I remind you that the Kings paid three different head coaches last season, all because ownership simply couldn’t make up its mind.
The indecision in Sacramento is troubling, to say the least. The public stance was that they wouldn’t entertain offers for Cousins, when privately, ownership authorized his agent to shop around.
Divac might be capable of making solid decisions that could raise the franchise out of the muck its been mired in for the past nine seasons. But that’s only if he’s allowed to do his job, and ownership in Sacramento has yet to give us any faith at all that they’ll let that be the case.