As Sacramento general manager Geoff Petrie told David Aldridge of NBA.com recently, the Kings have no plans of trading frustrated big man DeMarcus Cousins. That sentiment is now consistent both privately and publicly, and it's a change from the "he's not untouchable" stance taken in the days following his Dec. 23 suspension for yelling at coach Keith Smart at halftime of a Dec. 22 game. As for Tyreke Evans? The Kings will certainly listen to offers for the fourth-year guard and have shown legitimate interest in upgrading their roster either by moving him or anyone else not named Cousins.
As Amick points out, it's a switch from his recent reports that had the Kings willing to listen to offers for Cousins. And to a large degree, rightfully so, because the likelihood of the Kings getting equal value for Cousins is slim. That's because when he's motivated, like he's been lately, he's the best center in the NBA.
Magic Johnson just said DeMarcus Cousins is the most talented center in the NBA..Cousins getting love on the National Stage #KingsAllDay— Kingsscoop.com (@RealKingsscoop) January 5, 2013
One of the top centers in the NBA, at 22 years old, and still on a very affordable contract is a hot commodity, even if it's someone that comes with the baggage of Cousins. You don't trade an asset like that unless you get comparable value, which is hard to find. For that reason, I don't think the Kings will trade Cousins—because they can't get what they'd deem as equal value.
That said, here are five potential trades the Kings should be proposing.