You think this latest spat changes anything?
Sources close to Kings ownership say it’s far more likely that Karl is removed as coach than Cousins being traded.
Ranadivé has shown a willingness to fly through coaches, employing Michael Malone, Tyrone Corbin and Karl just last season.
Cousins is the franchise player, an All-NBA talent who’s just 25 and signed until 2018.
Karl is more easily replaced than Cousins, and it’s not even close.
But if the Kings dump Karl, they’ll get nothing in return and have to pay him. Trading Cousins will yield favorable assets – maybe even a package more valuable than Cousins, though that seems highly unlikely.
If things go south between Cousins and Karl again, though, there’s little doubt whom the Kings will choose.