UPDATE: Monday, January 7, 10:15 a.m. ET by Alex Kay
On Sunday night, NBA on NBC Boston sources reported that C's GM Danny Ainge was working to finalize a deal that would have allegedly brought the Sacramento Kings superstar to Beantown by Monday morning.
Sources close to nbaonnbc.com confirm that Danny Ainge is working to complete a deal to bring Cousins to Boston, tonight.— NBA on NBC Boston (@NBAonNBCBoston) January 7, 2013
That rumor obviously proved to be unfounded, and USA TODAY insider Sam Amick confirmed that the big man is still unavailable.
DeMarcus Cousins is not going to the Celtics. Teams continue to be told that he's not available. That is all.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 7, 2013
We'll keep you updated if anything changes on this front, but it seems that the Kings brass is adamant about keeping Cousins on the roster.
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DeMarcus Cousins has been an on-and-off distraction for the Sacramento Kings since being drafted No. 5 overall back in 2010, but things came to a head last week when the big man was suspended for an incident with coach Keith Smart.
A source close to DeMarcus Cousins confirms trade talks are ongoing and Cousins is hoping a deal will be worked out soon. According to the source, the four teams that are most likely to end up making such a deal for Cousins are Boston, Dallas, Orlando and Charlotte.
The main question is if the Kings’ owners, Joe and Gavin Maloof—and soon-to-retire GM Geoff Petrie—have any interest in trading away their greatest asset.
While Cousins clearly hasn’t worked out as far as meshing with the coaching staff and helping the team win, he does have a career averages of 15.9 points and 9.6 rebounds and is only getting better. At 6’11”, 270 pounds, Cousins has the size and strength to dominate most big men around the league.
Sacramento has done its best to try and put a young nucleus of talent around Cousins, but it hasn’t translated into success for the franchise.
As the roster is currently built—with guys like Isaiah Thomas, Aaron Brooks, Tyreke Evans, Jimmer Fredette and Marcus Thornton—there are too many players that need the ball to make an impact.
It will be tough to find much value for any of these players, and the Kings management realizes it could be losing a franchise cornerstone if Cousins is dealt in the midst of his third NBA season.
All parties involved are now stuck between a rock and a hard place. Needless to say, it will take an enticing offer from one of the interested franchises to pry Cousins out of Sacramento.