Sacramento Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins will be playing for his sixth head coach in seven seasons. The latest NBA rumors suggest that a reunion between Cousins and Mike Malone with the Denver Nuggets may be possible.
The 25-year-old center is quite known for not seeing eye-to-eye with his previous head coaches with the exception of Malone, who coached the Kings for almost one and a half season. He was the only coach that Cousins seemed to have formed a bond with and respected.
The Kings were also showing signs of improvement in Malone’s second season but team owner Vivek Ranadive fired him because he did not play a fast-paced offense. That move simply backfired as the turmoil between Cousins and the front office only grew stronger.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, Sacramento knows that teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are interested in Cousins but they are not willing to trade him for now. But if he does not get along with new head coach, Dave Joerger, expect the Kings to finally let him go.
Sai Mohan of Hoops Habit suggested a possible deal between Denver and Sacramento regarding Cousins. The proposed deal involves the Nuggets trading Kenneth Faried, Will Barton, Jusuf Nurkic and several future picks in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi.
The move might be beneficial for both teams but the Kings will likely prefer getting a point guard rather than two big men. The Kings recently drafted several frontcourt players and it would only get crowded if Faried and Nurkic come along.
On the other hand, DeMarcus Cousins will form a great frontcourt duo with Nikola Jokic with players such as Emmanuel Mudiay, Gary Harris, Danilo Gallinari and Jamal Murray as the supporting cast. He is also going to be coached by Mike Malone and possibly unlock him to his full potential.
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