The man, the myth – Sam Amick – has been covering the DeMarcus Cousins saga from top to bottom today and now shocking word from Amick is that the Kings aren’t opposed to moving the big man, assuming the price is right.
Given the Kings poor play in recent years and the lack of progression from just about everybody on the roster, Kings GM Geoff Petrie (who’s known to be overly patient, at times to a fault) could be opening the door to a Cousins move – at least, according to a couple of Amick’s sources:
The odds of the latest incident inspiring the Kings to trade Cousins are likely slim, as he is considered the centerpiece of their prolonged rebuilding effort. But a person with knowledge of the Kings’ plans said “he’s not untouchable,” in large part because the 8-18 team is struggling so mightily and all options appear to be under consideration.
As Amick points out, there certainly isn’t going to be a firesale on Cousins (at least not right now) so any deal would be of a blockbuster proportion – a price most, if not all teams would balk at.
The rumor mill we be churning at an electric pace in the coming weeks and months as everybody loves a potential deal, but a move is quite unlikely in my personal opinion – at least not during the season. More issue and antics combined with a team holding a high draft pick come June or July and I wouldn’t rule out a move, but one right now doesn’t seem to be a priority.
Amick also points out that Cousins has recently changed his representation, though, that could be a simple coincidence.