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DeMarcus Cousins is too erratic to have job security.
The Sacramento Kings are adamant that they will not trade DeMarcus Cousins. That's wishful thinking on their part.
Despite Cousins' boneheaded shot selection, his awful demeanor and his three suspensions this season alone, Kings GM Geoff Petrie told NBA.com that the mercurial center was in no danger of getting dealt.
You can put that one to rest...He's not going anywhere. You can lay that to rest. Some of that stuff lives in its own reality. Everybody's moving forward. He's still a young, developing player that's yet to reach his potential and is still a major piece of the future planning here. Everyone's committed to working with his development as a player and his overall growth...he's still an important part of the future. He's like a lot of people. Some have good days, and some days are better than others. We're going to continue to work with him to help him reach his potential, which is still very high.
It makes sense that the organization would stand by its star, the one player the Kings could even think about building around.
As talented as Cousins is, though, he has never seriously held himself accountable for his behavior. The safe money says he'll screw up again, and the Kings must know it.
With the Maloofs trying to sell the franchise, a game-changing center is an attractive draw, but a head case on and off the court is not.
Unless Cousins has strong veteran mentorship to keep him in check, there is little reason to think he's going to reform. His attitude is going to keep interfering with his play, and the Kings can't say in good conscience that they'll stand by him through anything.
The Kings might not trade him tomorrow—they might not trade him at all. But Petrie is a snake-oil salesman if he claims Cousins is completely secure in Sacramento. With someone so unpredictable, that's not something Petrie can say so absolutely.