DeMarcus Cousins could still be on his way out of the Sacramento Kings. The big man has been involved in many NBA rumors linking him to the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, among others, this 2016 offseason.
However, new reports claim that Cousins could be staying in Sacramento this year with the Kings not seriously considering trading him immediately, but it could happen during the 2016-2017 regular season.
Brian Windhorst of ESPN in a podcast tackled the Cousins and Kings situation. Cousins will be an unrestricted free agent in 2018 and has two years left in his Kings deal.
Sacramento will pay him about $16.5 million for the 2017 and 2018 seasons but is scared that they will lose him when he hits free agency two years from now.
The situation is similar to what happened to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder where the Thunder lost their superstar for nothing after choosing to sign with the rivals Golden State Warriors.
“I don’t think the Kings have ever been seriously close to trading him,” Windhorst declared in the podcast, referring to the Cousins rumors all offseason long.
Windhorst said though that the Kings’ best offer could have been the Julius Randle and D’Angelo Russell years ago, or their first round pick last year along with Jordan Clarkson.
“That was the time they (Sacramento Kings) seriously considered it. I don’t think they came close,” Windhorst added and also saying that the Kings owners still think that Cousins is their long-term franchise player.
Other DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors involved the Celtics, which are still searching for their superstar. According to speculations, Boston should have offered Jaylen Brown and their future first rounder in 2017 from the Brooklyn Nets, which is another high lottery pick.
However, no Boston-Sacramento trade has been finalized but these teams areexpected to talk more during the regular season.