Seemingly ever since DeMarcus Cousins entered the NBA in 2010 with college teammate John Wall, folks have attempted to pair the former Kentucky stars on the pro level. Interest in such a move has only gone up a tick or two since the talented but combustible Sacramento Kings' center's latest spat with the team's coaching staff which led to an indefinite suspension, a reinstatement and plenty of questions about the future.
Sam Amick of the USA Today wrote on Sunday about the Kings' dilemna including whether ownership (the Maloofs) is on the same page with the general manager (Geoff Petrie) or the head coach (Keith Smart). There is a sense that Smart for one has little interest in having the 6-foot-11, 275-pounder on the bench, let alone the court where he averaged 18.1 points and 11 rebounds last season.
Amick does report that there is interest in 22-year-old Cousins around the league and that, in the eyes of some, a certain Chinatown team makes for an "ideal" fit.
While Cousins has insisted publicly that he does not want to be traded, his story has been different privately. The recent hiring of influential agent Dan Fegan has led to the widespread assumption within the organization that Cousins will eventually demand a trade. Specifically, two people close to the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation said a trade to the Washington Wizards would be considered ideal for Cousins and Fegan because Cousins could rejoin former Kentucky teammate and fellow Fegan client, point guard John Wall. The Wizards, who are known to have expressed recent interest in Cousins, have been told by the Kings that they have no intention of trading him.
As I wrote on this subect earlier in the month, Cousins offers plenty of upside, but the Wizards just moved on from a trio of immature players. Certainly a 4-24 team can consider taking a risk for the future, but cleaning up the locker room seems like one thing the organization got right this past offseason. Then again, turning down talent is rarely a good move. Maybe reuniting with Wall puts Cousins on the All-Star path, or at least a steady one.
In terms of what would be required in a trade for Cousins, can't imagine the Wizards trading Bradley Beal (and obviously, Wall). Based on position alone, Kevin Seraphin would be an obvious component along with 1-2 of the Wizards' other young frontcourt options.
Decisions, decisions, especially for those in Sacramento.