DeMarcus Cousins: Trading Young Forward Would Be Mistake for Sacramento Kings
Sam Amick of USA Today quickly quashed those rumors on Twitter:
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
Little has been heard since of any trade possibilities for Cousins.
It's not as if the player has been a model professional this season. Cousins has been an almost daily headache for Kings head coach Keith Smart.
Cousins took umbrage with some critical comments Elliot had made during a Kings-Spurs game and decided to confront the retired player about it.
Then the Kings suspended the forward indefinitely in December "for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team" (h/t Dan Devine of Yahoo! Sports). Cousins only actually missed one game.
If Cousins wasn't prodigiously talented, no team would want to put up with him. He would just join the long list of players who jump around from team to team after a season or two.
Since he's averaging a double-double per game, many teams would be love to have a player of Cousins' caliber on his team. With the way he's performed already, Cousins can become a dominant force in the paint for years to come.
At this point in his career, the Kings should hold on to him.
Cousins is a bit like Rasheed Wallace.
Wallace could have been one of the best players in the league if his head was right. While he was a member of the Portland Trail Blazers, Wallace contributed to what was one of the most toxic atmospheres in the league.
When he got to the Detroit Pistons, Wallace became much more professional. There was the kind of leadership in the team that wouldn't allow him to get away with the stuff he had in Portland.
Wallace still became a very good player despite his own best efforts to sabotage his career.
That accountability is what Cousins needs in Sacramento. The Kings need him too much right now to be able to sit him on the bench.
The entire situation with the Kings is just a mess. It's a bit unfair to put all of the team's problems squarely on Cousins' shoulders.
Ownership doesn't look truly committed to the team. As a result, the franchise has yet to have a winning season since 2005-06.
Tyreke Evans is the poster boy for the Kings' struggles as he has failed to ever improve upon his stellar rookie season.
Cousins doesn't have the kind of coaching staff and fellow players pushing him like Wallace did in Detroit. Until he gets that, the Kings will never know truly what he's capable of on the court. Cutting ties with him any time in the coming years would be a terrible move for the team.
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