DeMarcus Cousins, the franchise player for the Sacramento Kings, continue to be frustrated with the team’s performance this season and could be on his way out of the California team after the 2015-2016 NBA Season, according to NBA trade rumors this week.
Cousins has been involved in a lot of NBA trade rumors before the trade deadline last February this year but the Kings stuck with their franchise big man. However, a recent controversy surrounding the team, could again open the rumor mill of trading Cousins out of Sacramento.
Recently, Cousins got into a heated exchange with Kings veteran head coach George Karl in their game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Kings lost to LeBron James and the Cavaliers, 120-111 and will play against the Orlando Magic on Friday without Cousins, who was suspended by the team.
Cousins has been linked to the Boston Celtics before the deadline but no deal was finalized and the NBA trade rumors remained as speculations. The Celtics are just one of the many teams reportedly interested in Cousins, who is under contract in Sacramento until 2018 in a deal that pays him about $16.4 million per season.
The Kings are seen as a mess around the NBA with a roster that features the likes of Cousins, Rudy Gay and Rajon Rondo, who might leave the team via free agency after the current season. Karl, despite being a veteran coach in the league, has not controlled his players, particularly Cousins, who is known for his temper and immaturity both on and off the court.
Vlade Divac, the Kings’ general manager, denied the NBA trade rumors that they want to trade Cousins in the offseason but it appears even the former NBA player is frustrated with Cousins, whom he suspended for the Magic game on Friday.
The NBA trade rumors surrounding Cousins and trades to other teams will continue as long as the Kings do not establish order in their roster and management. After the 2015-2016 season, when trades are open again in the league, expect Cousins to once again make the NBA rumors’ headlines as the Kings and other teams explore possibilities of deals.
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