Earlier this week, we found out that over a month plus ago (thanks to Sam Amick), the Denver Nuggets (seemingly aware of the circus surrounding the Sacramento Kings) apparently made efforts to engage in a DeMarcus Cousins trade with hopes of bringing the often misunderstood but extremely talented big man to the rarefied air of the Rockies.
The offer, which was centered around the oft injured, very expensive Nene Hilario was quickly rebuffed, but thanks to Ailene Voisin we might have a better understanding of why the Nuggets tried their best to pry away Cousins on a bargain bin price.
According to Voisin, former Kings head coach Paul Westphal, whom did not see eye-to-eye with Cousins did he damnedest to get the Kings to trade Cousins – apparently his desires eventually playing a large part in the loss of his job:
I continue to hear that Paul Westphal pushed very, very, very hard for the Kings to trade second-year center DeMarcus Cousins, so hard, in fact, that his persistence helped push him out the door. There was no way the Kings were moving Cousins for Nene, the Denver Nuggets center swapped to the Washington in the deal involving JaVale McGee. George Karl has long coveted Cousins. But McGee? Karl did a phenomenal job coaching Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, not to mention Kenyon Martin,J.R. Smith,Carmelo Anthony,etc. But, man, I can’t wait to see George trying to coach McGee.
Between the sixth-grade style blowup prior to Westphal’s departure and the amazingly absurd press release, I can’t say it’s all that shocking to hear that Westphal wanted Cousins gone at all costs – but that was clearly a losing battle for the Kings former coach.
Apparently, it might’ve been one he wanted to lose.
Cousins wasn’t the first player Westphal had serious issues with – from Gary Payton to Vin Baker, there seemingly has always been a thorn in Westie’s side – but this one might have been the last in his coaching career.