Nobody seems to be as sick of DeMarcus Cousins’ trade rumors as DeMarcus Cousins.
Those rumors are not going anywhere in the short-term. The latest ones came from Howard Beck in a post at Bleacher Report in a video about guys who start the season on the trade block:
“Sacramento, I think, wants to hold onto him. Certainly the onwer Vivek Ranadive absolutely wants to hold onto DeMarcus Cousins. But I’ve been told if you polled the rest of the organization, the vast majority are in favor of trading DeMarcus Cousins and that would include, though he denies it, coach George Karl.”
Cousins’ reaction to this?
Then that was quickly echoed by the Kings’ front office.
The Kings are not going to trade Cousins in the short term. It’s just not going to happen — if your biggest supporter in the organization is the owner, you’re in a position of power.
Can Cousins and Karl get along? That remains to be seen. But if the players can be unified — even if it is in opposition to Karl — this is a team with some real talent and some potential, even in a deep West.
That all starts with Cousins as a cornerstone piece. Which is why you don’t trade him.