Prior to giving Dallas 24 points, 14 rebounds and seven assists in Sacramento’s 120-89 road victory Wednesday night, DeMarcus Cousins said that he’s “flattered” by the Mavericks’ rumored interest in his services.

(Boogie’s little brother Jaleel plays for the Mavs’ D-League affiliate.)

The Kings’ All-Star center is under contract for $16.9 million this season and is scheduled to make $18 million in 2017-18:

He coyly fielded a question from The Dallas Morning News about the Mavericks’ rumored interest in acquiring him by saying, “I’m flattered” and of the Mavericks, “I respect them.”

 

Their best hope is that the Kings hold on to Cousins through the end of this season. Or until the end of 2018, when he becomes a free agent. […] Either way, expect the Mavericks to be near the front of the line at the first whiff that Sacramento might be willing to deal Cousins. By the way, Cousins has long expressed that he likes playing in Sacramento.

 

“No,” he corrected Wednesday. “I love Sacramento.”

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