Rumors and speculations are now swirling around Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins who are reportedly disappointed with the Sacramento Kings’ moves this offseason.
In the 2016 NBA draft, the Sacramento Kings traded the 8th overall pick to Phoenix Suns for a package that included the 13th and 28th picks. The Kings selected 7-foot-1 Georgios Papagiannis and 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere. After hearing the news, DeMarcus Cousins expressed his disappointment on Twitter.
Lord give me the strength 🙏🏿
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 24, 2016
Many were expecting that the Kings will choose draft prospects that will boost their backcourt. Instead, they selected two players that have the same position as DeMarcus Cousins. With this move by the Kings, they now have a very crowded frontcourt.
“I can’t control [the draft decisions],” Cousins said. “I control what I can control. I don’t really understand it, but I do my job.”
Their struggle continued when NBA free agency started. Rajon Rondo and Seth Curry decided to explore the market and joined other teams.
Meanwhile, Sacramento Kings small forward Rudy Gay also expressed his sentiment about his team’s moves. The 29-year-old forward admitted that he has no idea what the Kings are planning.
“I have no idea,” he said about where the team is headed. “I suit up and give it my all. That’s all I can do in this situation, that’s all you can do. Go out there and play as much as you can. Obviously, we don’t have anything to really build on.
Rudy Gay has been involved in various trade rumors this offseason. There are speculations saying that he wanted to be traded somewhere else. According to James Ham of CSN California, Kings vice president Vlade Divac said that he will inform Gay when the Kings plan to move him.
Divac explained after the NBA draft that their decision to pick two big men is for their team’s future. However, some people were questioning this move since the Kings were supposed to build around DeMarcus Cousins. Are they going to trade Cousins before the 2016-17 NBA season starts?
DeMarcus Cousins has been linked to various trade rumors involving the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Los Angeles Lakers. If the Kings decided to trade him, the price will surely be enough for them to rebuild their team.
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