Out with the old, in with the new. It's a brand new era. Would you like another cliche?
But seriously, now that the Maloofs and their hatred for all things Sacramento are gone, Sacramento Kings fans have good reason to believe the future is bright. Geoff Petrie, the old general manager, is gone and the Kings' new ownership group, which includes Vivek Ranadive, seems to want to help this franchise succeed.
Mike Malone has been brought in from the Golden State Warriors to be the new head coach after Keith Smart was not brought back. Starting with the upcoming NBA draft, the franchise would do well to start from scratch.
New owners need to make a splash. Show the fans your intentions. Be committed to building a respectable team. Give Sacramento a team it can cheer for again.
They can start that splash by trading away DeMarcus Cousins. Even though there aren't many teams out there who are willing to take him because of his issues with "structure," there are still teams like the Charlotte Bobcats who are willing to trade. Per Sam Amico:
Despite reports & rumors, Cavs have zero interest in Kings C DeMarcus Cousins, source says. Bobcats do, but Kings' priority is to keep him.
— Sam Amico (@SamAmicoFSO) June 1, 2013
Would trading Cousins for the fourth pick in the draft be such a terrible choice? Perhaps in this draft. But something big should be done.
If the team decides to keep the seventh-overall pick, here are three possible choices. The Kings, at this point, need to take the best player available as they need talent.