Divac: Kings Won’t Trade Cousins This Year

The Kings don’t intend to trade volatile center DeMarcus Cousins this offseason, Sean Cunningham of KXTV-TV relays (via Twitter). According to team executive Vlade Divac, the organization intends to hang onto the big man, with Divac saying, “He’s not going to be traded — this year for sure.”

There was a sense within the Kings organization that Divac would be willing to gauge the market for Cousins this summer, having become increasingly frustrated with the mercurial big man, according to an earlier report from Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee. In April, Divac wouldn’t directly answer when asked whether the firing of George Karl meant he’s committed to Cousins. “Anything about the players and how we are going to do in the summer,” Divac said, “I don’t want to talk about right now because our focus is to find a new coach.”

Divac’s phrasing about not dealing Cousins is certainly interesting, and it’s unclear if his indication that the center wouldn’t be traded “this year” means the entirety of the 2016/17 campaign or merely the calendar year of 2016. If it was the latter, then that still leaves the door wide open for speculation that Cousins is a candidate to be flipped by next February’s trade deadline. It remains to be seen if new head coach Dave Joerger will be able to reach Cousins and earn his respect, which will certainly be a major determining factor for whether the big man remains in Sacramento, though that is merely my speculation.

Cousins is certainly one of the most talented centers in the NBA, though his disciplinary problems and frequent outbursts often overshadow his immense physical skills. After the ouster of Karl, with whom the center was seemingly in conflict from day one of his coaching tenure, Cousins indicated that he’d prefer to remain in Sacramento. “Since I’ve been here, I’ve grown an attachment to the city, like, the way these people treat me, the love they give out to me, and vice versa,” Cousins said. “I feel like I have an attachment, and it’s something that I do owe to this city. I want to be the person to bring this city back to the glory days. I want to grow myself and this city all together. I want to bring us back to those glory days. So, that’s where I’m at with it. This is like a personal vendetta for me.”

The 25-year-old has two seasons remaining on his current deal. He’s scheduled to earn $16,957,900 next season and $18,063,850 in 2017/18. He appeared in 65 games this past season for the Kings and averaged 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 34.6 minutes per outing.

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aarongill
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aarongill
4 months 15 days ago

I’m going to laugh when he doesn’t get traded, and leaves in free agency.

dlevin11
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dlevin11
4 months 13 days ago

That seems to be the likely outcome. Cousins would be the target of many teams in free agency.

eyuel
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eyuel
4 months 15 days ago
I would just trade him for picks right NOW! Divac is messing up the future of this organization. In the West, they will not be able to compete for anything other than barely making the playoffs with their current lineup, that is even if they manage to keep Rondo. I have a feeling they won’t be able to keep rondo, that is assuming he cares about competing for another ring. I would definitely trade cousins to Boston or NY for several round 1/2 picks. The Gameplan: keep tanking until you land a superstar in the draft. To be honest, SAC… Read more »
dlevin11
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dlevin11
4 months 13 days ago

Boston would likely trade all 3 of their 1st round picks for Cousins and add a few players as well.

Z-A
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Z-A
4 months 15 days ago

Just trade him to the celtics for all their picks this year.

cjh815
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cjh815
4 months 15 days ago
All this talk from kings front office is just public relations that it. If they trade him he will have a some chose where he goes and there one place I know he like to play and that Washington where his basketball best friend plays (John wall) and I have trade that could help that happen kings are going to want picks and young center for future and center that can help with leadership . The trade that I have is four team trade that will help all four teams between the Kings, Wizards, Magic, and 76ers. And with talk… Read more »
cjh815
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cjh815
4 months 15 days ago

Pg- Victor Oladipo- $ 6,5 million

2016/1017 salary
$ 50, 268,952
Losing from trade
$ 24,580,431
Taken on from the trade
$ 23,271,434
After trade
$48,959,655
2016/1017 cap
$ 89 million
Cap space after trade
$ 40,040,345

Orlando Magic =

Pf/C Drew Gooden -$ 3.6 million team opp.
Sg

cjh815
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cjh815
4 months 15 days ago
SG- Ben McLemore- $ 4,008,882 2nd of the lottery picks either there own or lakers which one is lower ( they get lakers pick if not top 3 picks ) if they don’t they get the thunders, and heat if they do then they trade that pick and which one between heat/thunder are lower 2016/2017 salary= $44,908,271 Losing in trade $7,670,460 Taken on $7,608,460 (if they don’t opt out of Gooden’s contract) 2016/17 salary cap $89 million Salary cap after trade $44,846,693 ( if they don’t opt out of Gooden’s contract Cap space left $44,153,307 if they don’t opt out… Read more »
pecunia
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pecunia
4 months 15 days ago

Except Durant already confirmed that he has no interest in playing in washington. Google it.

Tyfcpsts
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Tyfcpsts
4 months 15 days ago

Divac also announces that the Kings will not be gong to the playoffs again this year, for sure.

steve
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steve
4 months 14 days ago

The longer you wait, the less you get.

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