UPDATE: Thursday, Feb. 21, at 12:08 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
DeMarcus Cousins reportedly will remain with the Sacramento Kings, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears.
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Cousins is a supremely talented basketball player, but he carries around a massive amount of baggage that can give his head coaches never-ending headaches.
For the second season in a row, he's averaging a double-double every game, with 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds. Those numbers are a large part of the reason why the Boston Celtics became interested in acquiring the big man before the Feb. 21 trade deadline.
Sam Amick of USA Today was quick on Twitter to deny any such move was in the works:
UPDATE: Friday, Feb. 8, at 7:47 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway
ESPN's Marc Stein gives further credence to Cousins sticking around with the Kings. According to a league source, the team will not move the young big man until the Kings' sale to the Seattle-based group is completed: "DeMarcus Cousins remains firmly off-limits while the Kings are in sale limbo, according to NBA front-office sources."
Despite his tumultuous season, Cousins is the Kings' most valuable asset. Trading him would not only devalue the franchise instantly, but could even put the sale in jeopardy if the new owners are unhappy.
Expect Cousins to stick around in Sactown for the remainder of the season.
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Later into January, Baxter Holmes of The Boston Globe went further to explain why a Cousins trade to Boston won't be feasible:
But facts are facts, and Cousins’ name has been attached to a slew of supposed trades, including to Boston, that never went down at various points this season.
Oddly, with the trade deadline less than a month way (Feb. 21), there has been little buzz that Cousins might be moved.
Yet, despite the pie-in-the-sky dreams of Celtics fans, the only green that Cousins might be wearing anytime soon – save for St. Patrick’s Day – is likely not to be in Boston but in Seattle.
Baxter even quoted Cousins as saying the player had no idea whatsoever he was the subject of rumors regarding a move away from Sacramento.
With the Celtics losing Rajon Rondo and Jared Sullinger for the entire season, they will almost certainly have to make a move in order to make a run for the NBA title.
Those injuries, though, have depleted the possible options with which Boston could part with in order to get a player of Cousins' caliber.
When discussing the forward's career, his off-court exploits can't be ignored.
Marc J. Spears @MarcJSpearsESPN
Kings Tyreke Evans and DeMarcus Cousins have been given the impression that they would not be dealt, a source said.2/21/2013, 4:48:32 PM
Paul Westphal was fired last year, and a large part of that was likely due to the fact that he couldn't rein in the then-second-year forward.
Cousins was suspended earlier in the season by the league for approaching Sean Elliott after Elliott had some harsh criticism of Cousins during a Kings game against the San Antonio Spurs (h/t Eric Freeman of Yahoo! Sports).
That was followed by an indefinite suspension issued by the Kings following "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team" (h/t ESPN.com). Indefinite must have a different definition for the Kings, because Cousins was only suspended for two days.
It's only Cousins' prodigious talent that makes putting up with him bearable at all. If he were simply an average basketball player, he'd just be another semi-talented guy who moved from franchise to franchise as he wore out his welcome at each destination.
Instead, some might look at Cousins as one of the building blocks of an organization.
His long-term future might not be with the Kings, but it looks as if that's where he'll be in the short term.