In the game of basketball, loyalty is deeply strategized according to professional and personal relationships and is rooted in the winning performance of a league’s roster. If a superstar failed to meet the requirements, the long years of partnership can be given up easily. Just like that.
DeMarcus Cousins and Sacramento Kings couldn’t be more controversial as an example that predicts realistic goals; both sides aiming for a win-win situation.
February 2017 is the fateful time when both giant names in NBA will be tested. Should the franchise continue to struggle this season, it could mean parting ways with its center star. Per reports, it’s a “wait and see” approach for the Kings honchos as they observe how the team fares before the NBA trade deadline next year.
Fox Sports’ Chris Broussard said that his sources have the edge on how the Kings will manage with Cousins later this season.
“The last time I talked to people about (DeMarcus Cousins), which was last week, what I was being told is that the Kings want to keep him into the trade deadline or close to the trade deadline and see where they are as a team. If they are competing and in the playoff hunt, what I’m told is they would like to keep him,” Broussard revealed in a podcast.
It is noteworthy that Cousins’ crucial performance has greatly contributed to Sacramento but still it ain’t enough as they were clearly having a hard time in getting the wins. In this year’s 20 games, Cousins has averages of 29.1 points (third in the league), 10.5 rebounds (11th), 3.3 assists and 1.4 blocks per game.
Another factor keyed in for consideration in Cousins’ stay in the squad is the recent nightclub brawl that involved him and his teammate. A source noted that this ugly incident could badly hurt his trade value.
To recall, Cousins and Matt Barnes got into a bar fight in New York ahead of their game against the Knicks on Monday. Barnes allegedly assaulted two women and a man inside the nightclub. In defense and as an assist to his co-player, the two-time NBA All-Star reportedly punched the man and bragged about it on video.
Cousins is undeniably one of basketball’s superstar as credited by his stellar records. Outside the court, he is a regular guy but he has a reputation to protect as well. With his involvement in the commotion and his boasting of their supposed bravery, he’s giving a headache to any ball club leaving them doubtful for any trade options.
It is not unknown to many that DeMarcus has been a household name in the trade rumors. Despite the fight that he got himself dragged into, many groups will still pursue him for a great deal.
He was previously rumored to ink an agreement with the Los Angeles Lakers and is said to be the team’s next top player, following the exit of the legendary Kobe Bryant. Although Lakers have a skilled roster in the likes of Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle and D’Angelo, they are still likely to chase Cousin to beat the already powerful teams of the Cavaliers and the Warriors.
When the time is up and a trade is the only choice, Cousins is one key player that will surely make noise.