It has become quite clear over the last couple of years that DeMarcus Cousins has continued to grow unhappy with the Sacramento Kings. The franchise has continued to remain out of the playoff throughout his career, and there doesn’t appear to be any upward trend this season. According to ESPN’s Tim MacMahon, Cousins looks to have made up his mind about his future with the team.
Consensus among several league sources I asked about the DeMarcus Cousins/Sacramento situation: The Kings would trade him before the deadline if they were smart. The logic is that Cousins is extremely unlikely to return to Sacramento once he becomes a free agent, and the Kings can maximize his trade value when he still has another full season remaining on his contract.
If these reports are true, the Kings’ front office could become quite busy over the next several weeks looking to get something in return before Cousins leaves the team. The fact that he won’t be a free agent until after the 2017-18 season could work their benefit as it may give them a more lucrative offer for him. If he’s dealt before next season, that team will have a chance to work out an extension with him before he becomes a free agent.
There will be plenty of teams interested in acquiring the two-time All-Star such as the Dallas Mavericks and possibly the Los Angeles Lakers. The Lakers had attempted to trade for Cousins prior to last season, but with the team progressing under new head coach Luke Walton it may take them out of the picture. That said, it appears like it’s only a matter of time before Cousins is out of a Kings’ uniform.