The Sacramento Kings made their first major move of the offseason by firing head coach George Karl last week after just one and half seasons. According to the latest NBA rumors, general manager Vlade Divac’s next move is to trade superstar center DeMarcus Cousins.
Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee reported that Divac is not going to give into Cousins’ demand about their new head coach. She added that the GM will be entertaining offers for their All-Star center for the first time.
“A year ago, Cousins was untouchable. A year later, the sense within the organization is Divac is tempted by the prospect of pairing his center with his personally selected coach but that he has become increasingly frustrated by his center’s ongoing issues and, for the first time, is willing to test the market for the two-time All-Star,” Voisin wrote.
The 25-year-old has had five head coaches in his Kings career including Paul Westphal, Keith Smart, Michael Malone, Tyron Corbin and Karl. According to a report by FanSided about NBA rumors, Cousins only had a good relationship with Malone, who is now the head coach of the Denver Nuggets.
The Kings front office and ownership fired Malone because he did not want to play an up-tempo style of basketball. It should be noted that Cousins does not want to play in that type of offense, too.
The two-time All-Star has two years left on his current deal in Sacramento. The Kings may explore trading him since he’s going to grow unhappy especially if they don’t make the playoffs. The team already has not made the postseason for ten straight seasons.
As mentioned in a previous report on NBA rumors, the Los Angeles Lakers is a likely destination for Cousins if they decide to let him go. The Kings could get a massive haul for Cousins including D’Angelo Russell or Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle and a possible first round pick.
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