Kings’ Ownership Opposed to Moving Cousins
The early word from the DeMarcus Cousins trade watch, according to Marc Stein of ESPN, is that Kings co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof remain reluctant in the extreme to part with their young big man, especially at a time when — after three suspensions already this season — Cousins’ trade value isn’t exactly on the upswing.
There’s a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term.
Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Even after all the warnings about the 22-year-old coming out of Kentucky and all the bad shots he’s hoisted in Sacramento, Cousins will continue to draw considerable interest because there are so few young bigs these days with his size, skill and mobility.