DeMarcus Cousins expressed his disappointment on Twitter on the Sacramento Kings’ picks in the recent 2016 NBA draft on Thursday night.
The Sacramento Kings decided to trade their 8th pick in the 2016 NBA draft to the Phoenix Suns. In exchange, the Suns traded their 13th and 28th pick, a 2020 second-round pick and the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Kings then selected Greek center Georgios Papagiannis with the 13th pick.
After hearing the news, DeMarcus Cousins expressed his disappointment on Twitter.
Lord give me the strength 🙏🏿
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 24, 2016
Kings general manager Vlade Divac explained their decision and said that they were only thinking about the future of their team.
“We had our guys at the No. 8, but obviously, they were picked before,” Kings GM Vlade Divac said, according to The Associated Press. “So we made a decision to go down and turn that pick into three more and build our team for the future.”
It is not a secret to everyone about this attitude of DeMarcus Cousins. In the past months, Cousins and former Kings’ head coach George Karl were reportedly having a dispute with the team. The Kings’ center did the same thing and expressed how he felt than hiding it by himself.
After the NBA draft, the Kings are now having four centers which might be the reason, Cousins was disappointed. The Kings are in need of a quality point guard since Rajon Rondo is still questionable to re-sign with the team.
With the Kings’ decision, there are speculations that this might affect Cousins’ attitude toward his teammates. Once the dispute started to get bigger, there is a possibility that DeMarcus Cousins will find his way out.
Once the Kings include him in trading block, many teams will surely be lining up to acquire him, including the Los Angeles Lakers, as last year, the Lakers were already interested in acquiring him to their team. The Lakers are desperately in need of a starting center since Roy Hibbert will become a restricted free agent on July 1.
According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Kings have been heavily engaged in trade talks all week. Sources say that the Kings are trying to land D’Angelo Russell from the Lakers. Since the Kings have multiple centers, they might have shown interest if the Lakers trade Russell for Cousins. The trade will benefit both teams since they are currently in need to fill up some key positions.
However, D’Angelo Russell will surely be not enough for the Kings to bite the bait. They could send two other players like Nick Young and Robert Sacre for their offer to look more attractive. However, the decision still depends on DeMarcus Cousins on how he will play well with his new teammates.
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