DeMarcus Cousins is the top superstar reportedly available for trade if his team does not improve in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. Vivek Ranadive, the owner of the Sacramento Kings franchise, talked about the possibility that their star center gets moved in a recent interview.
“I leave it up to Vlade [Divac]. What I see is a young guy who wants to win, and has actually matured. And I’m just repeating what I hear Vlade saying, so it’s better to ask him this question,” Ranadive said to Sam Amick of USA Today Sports.
“I know that Vlade and coach [Dave Joerger] will make the right decisions, and I don’t know. Right now what I see is I’m excited for what we have.”
Divac, a former player for the Kings is currently the general manager while Joerger moved to Sacramento after the Memphis Grizzlies fired him as head coach in the offseason.
Ranadive was also asked if he considers Cousins as still part of the long-term plans in Sacramento but the Kings owner avoided the question and said that it’s all about Divac’s plans as a general manager.
“You should ask Vlade that question. As a fan, I think he’s great. But I think Vlade is the guy,” Ranadive said.
It’s an interesting answer from the team owner since it’s obvious that the Kings have no other worthy player in the roster except for Cousins. They have some young talent like Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein but the rest of the roster looks like a team that will settle for lottery picks again in the 2016-2017 NBA Season.
It could also be Ranadive just allowing Divac to do his job so he wouldn’t comment about Cousins’ role with the franchise.
Could Ranadive know that they just want to increase the value of Cousins so they can trade him during the season?
The Kings also have to address the Rudy Gay situation after the veteran demanded a trade and announced that he won’t return to Sacramento next season. Like Cousins, Gay is mentioned in trade rumors but thus far no interested team has been officially reported.
Sacramento likely gets just role players or second round picks for Gay but the key for the franchise’s future is what they do with Cousins. The Kings are not expected to battle for the playoffs next season so trading the big man is the best option for the franchise, if they can get young prospects and future picks for Cousins.
The No. 1 team that is a perfect trade partner for the Kings are the Boston Celtics. They have young talents to offer like Jaylen Brown and future first round picks that are expected to be in the lottery.
A package of Brown plus multiple first rounders could be enough to land Cousins for the Celtics, according to rumors.
The Kings have taken note of what happened with Kevin Durant when he left OKC in 2016 free agency. The Thunder lost Durant for nothing and the Kings want to trade DeMarcus Cousins while he still has value or lose him for nothing like the OKC did with Durant.
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