Report: Kings won’t engage in DeMarcus Cousins trade inquiries, including one from Cavaliers

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The Kings have sent on and off signals about trading DeMarcus Cousins.

Here’s another “off” one.

Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders:

League sources peg the Kings’ stance on Cousins as a “non-starter.” They simply won’t go there on trade talk despite long-standing interest from the Boston Celtics and at least one inquiry for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Sacramento has rebooted its front office and hired a new coach. Cousins has two years left on his contract, so there’s time to try again with him. The next question: If the Kings struggle again early next season, will they entertain Cousins offers before the trade deadline?

I’m curious when the Cavaliers called. Any Cleveland trade for Cousins would almost certainly include Kevin Love, but it’d be somewhat surprising for the Cavs to trade him after winning a championship. It’d take special return to drop him before a playoff run to defend the title.