The Kings have their franchise cornerstone center, and whether or not his coach wants him DeMarcus Cousins isn’t going anywhere. Probably. The ground seems to shift under the Kings a lot, but the owner loves Cousins so he likely stays.
However, Cousins needs some help along the frontline and the Kings made a nice pickup on the Fourth of July by prying Kosta Koufos out of Memphis. Marc Stein of ESPN broke the story.
Koufos played 16.6 minutes a game behind the deep front line of the Grizzlies last season, scoring 5.2 points and grabbing 5.3 rebounds a game. He is one of the better backup big men in the league, and a number of teams had interest. Good on the Kings to grab him at a fair price.
It’s going to be interesting to see how George Karl fits all these pieces together. There had been talk about him wanting to go smaller with Rudy Gay at the four, but then there’s not a lot of minutes up front for Cousins, Koufos, and just-drafted Willie Cauley-Stein if the Kings go that way. Remember the Kings also have picked up Rajon Rondo and Marco Belinelli this summer. The Kings should be interesting this coming season.