Rumors surrounding DeMarcus Cousins continue to swirl, as USA Today reports he has decided to not request a trade. While his new loyalty toward the Kings is endearing, it's time for the team to cut ties with its problematic center.
But it seems Cousins is attempting to turn over a new leaf with the Kings.
The article by USA Today states that Cousins and his agent recently met with Kings ownership. Instead of demanding a trade, Cousins surprisingly asked to remain with Sacramento.
This report came in the wake of an SI.com article in which Cousins expresses feelings that he hadn't been given a "fair chance" by the Kings.
That's hard to believe seeing that despite everything he's done, DeMarcus Cousins is still the starting center in Sacramento.
Drafted in the first round of the 2010 NBA draft, Cousins has all the makings of an elite center in the NBA.
He's currently averaging 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds per game in 2012-13, and if the season were to end today it would mark the second year in a row in which he's averaged a double-double.
Despite the numbers, Cousins has had an inconsistent career.
One day he can rack up six fouls and fail to score in double-digits, and the next he'll put up 31 points and 20 rebounds—just as he did on January 4th, against Toronto.
Of course it's not just the inconsistencies that make Cousins such an issue player.
The maturity has not been there, and who knows if it ever will be. Cousins has been suspended a number of times, most recently in December for an altercation with coach Keith Smart.
It marked the third time this season that Cousins had been suspended.
The allure of holding onto Cousins for the future is enticing. It's tough to win in this league without an able-bodied big man, and there's so much potential here.
Sacramento has a lot of a great building blocks but none as valuable as a franchise center.
But if the past has taught us anything, it's that Cousins isn't worth it. He's a problematic player, who creates far too many distractions on and off the court.
Not to mention he's in his third season with the team, and they're no better off now than they were before he arrived.
With news that a move from Sacramento to Seattle is very likely for the Kings, now is the time to get a fresh start.
Young players like Isaiah Thomas—a UW graduate—Thomas Robinson and Jimmer Freddette are showing flashes of talent, and there will never be a better time for the Kings to redefine their core players than now.
Moving Cousins, paired with the move to Seattle, would be just the burst of life this organization needs to build towards the future.
And that's why it's time for the center to go.
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