DeMarcus Cousins has established himself as one of the best big men in the NBA today, but he’s also long known to be impatient and difficult to deal with. Since he joined the Sacramento Kings in 2010 conflicts with management and run-ins within the team have become a normal occurrence.
Basketball analysts have not been shy in expressing how they feel Cousins’ talents are being wasted with his tenure with the Kings. The team has been in utter disarray even before he came.
Adding his personality in a place of turmoil didn’t help, which mainly explains why they haven’t been winning.
The Kings have been desperate for something positive to come their way, and it comes in the form of a new coach– Dave Joerger.
DeMarcus Cousins is willing to give it another shot with his team mainly due to Joerger taking over, which he hopes will establish order and infuse positivity and leadership.
Cousins had an infamous relationship with former coach George Karl, but things are starting to look up despite 6 coaching changes in four years.
According to UK coach John Calipari in a report by SEC Country, he believes Cousins is not just talented, but is willing to sacrifice to win as witnessed during the Rio 2016 Olympics.
“The best thing for him is that even if you have to step back and you win, what that feeling is. Now chase that feeling. Chase that feeling in Sacramento. It means you may have to add a couple more pieces and those pieces may, at certain games, they may be the dominant player and you have to be able to accept that.” John Calipari said.
“He’s proven by playing at Kentucky that he can do that, and now playing on the Olympic team. He can do that.”
However, a league executive feels the Kings are delusional if they feel they can keep Cousins through Dave Joerger alone.
NBA rumors circulate that a Kenneth Faried trade may happen next offseason.
DeMarcus Cousins averaged averaged 20.16 points and 10.78 rebounds per game in his career, and that could benefit the Denver Nuggets that lacks a superstar in spite of its solid roster.
“They’re fooling themselves if they think he’s sticking around,” a league executive said. “The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn’t a point of no return in which you’re not getting high value for him.
The Kings risk losing DeMarcus Cousins for nothing when becomes a free agent in 2018, but hopes its new coach will revitalize their relationship.
Would they stick to that route or ultimately decide to trade him?
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