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Monday, December 24th, 2012 at 1:45 pm  |  40 responses

DeMarcus Cousins Says He Wants to Stay in Sacramento


Despite his third suspension in the last two months, and the Sacramento Kings reportedly no longer considering the young star an “untouchable” asset, DeMarcus Cousins insists that he would like to remain right where he is. The Kings have have reinstated Cousins (his latest outburst cost him a game and a practice.) Per USA Today: “Even though Cousins has shared his frustrations about the Kings organization privately so many times before, he insisted a trade demand wasn’t on the horizon. It’s still not a season to be jolly about, but Cousins said he wants to be in Sacramento. ‘I want to be in Sacramento,’ he said. Asked if he wanted to be in Sacramento for the long term and if he could see himself wanting to sign another contract with the team either this summer (by way of an extension) or when his rookie deal expires after next season and he would become a restricted free agent, Cousins paused for some three seconds before answering. ‘I want to be in Sacramento,’ he repeated. ‘The possibility does exist. It’s a possibility.’ As is stands, of course, the Kings are trying to decide whether they even want him around anymore. A person with knowledge of the team’s plans said Saturday that Cousins was not considered ‘untouchable’ in terms of a possible trade, though it’s believed that the Kings are merely listening to offers at this point as opposed to openly shopping the player they drafted fifth overall out of Kentucky in 2010. As talented as Cousins clearly is, the early assessment of his value around the league – at least at the moment – is that it’s on the serious decline. Teams known to have significant interest in Cousins in the past were Detroit, Houston, and Denver, though even the most ardent fans of his game have admitted his latest incident would cause concern. Because no one in the Kings organization has been a bigger supporter of Cousins than [Keith] Smart, his decision to treat his coach in such a disrespectful way marked a new low for the player whose career has been marred by incidents such as these. Before the Kings can worry about the Feb. 21 trade deadline, they first must decide when to allow Cousins to return to the team. There are indications Cousins could rejoin the team as early as the Monday practice and possibly play in a Wednesday game at Portland, though that’s not for certain. Cousins, who is averaging 16.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game this season, will have to convince Kings officials that he is contrite in order to rejoin the team. Cousins said he spoke with Smart on Sunday, and he also is expected to address his teammates about the situation before being allowed back. He said after Friday’s game that he had apologized to his teammates for the incident that he ‘was wrong.’ The Kings had been strongly advising the volatile Cousins to begin seeing a mental health counselor, but a person with knowledge of the situation said he refused to do so.”

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    trading him for a guaranteed top 5 pick for the 2014 draft would not be a bad idea

  • shockexchange

    DeMarcus, the Shock Exchange was giving you props for standing up to Sean Elliott. In no way did he give you the carte blanch to give “back talk” to the coach.

  • M Cho

    I hope he gets his head right before he slips out of the league. He has to learn that coaches and GMS only tolerate his behaviour as long as he’s on the right side of that talent-to-headache ratio. All it takes is one or two more f*ck-ups or a serious injury for the scale to tip the other way.

  • Max

    Staring to sound like a lil Dwightmare to me.

  • Hugo Silva

    Denver expressed interest in Cousins? Wow im curious to know who denver would have traded????

  • Stephen A. Smith

    What I would do is trade Cousins to the Bulls for Carlos Boozer and other pieces, Boozer would be a great fit and a mentor for Thomas Robinson, and the Bulls would get younger and become bigger threats in the Eastern conference with the return of Derrick Rose.

    Proposed Trade

    Bulls Receive: DeMarcus Cousins and John Salmons

    Kings Receive: Carlos Boozer

  • candlewood jay

    your opinions don’t count, lil man.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    SPANK ME HARDER

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I like the idea…but Cousins is worth sooooo much more than Boozer man, even if it means Boozer maxes out the potential of Thomas Robinson…Cousins has the potential to be the best center in the game! He just needs to get his head straight….to make a trade like that the Kings would need something else, like that Bobcats pick or Mirotic

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    probably Mozgof/Koufas along with a nice wing, maybe Danillo? LOL Javale Mcgee and Demarcus Cousins starting in the front court.

  • Ugh

    Boogie wants to stay in Sacramento? If only the Maloofs felt the same way.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    I don’t think he’s going to be the best center in the league anytime soon since Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum are still in the league, with that being said I rather ship him off to Chicago to a young but talented team that can develop him at the PF position and compose a great front court with Joakim Noah.

  • bigA

    You seem so small.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I mean yea that’d be great…i’m just saying that the Kings would never do that trade, they don’t get great value at all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    oh God I never even thought about that…….

  • Caboose

    Cousins’ defensive footwork is WAY too poor to play the 4. He’s a center, without a doubt.

  • Max

    I mean just for now, the agent, the saying he wants to stay.
    Next he’ll say he wants to get traded, than not anymore, than to a particular team,…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I think though that Dwight was able to (somewhat) get away with it because of his elite status and personality….Cousins would get destroyed by the media

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    are you really entertaining this absolutely stupid idea? The Kings would be the worst organization in the history of professional sports if they took Carlos Boozer for a potential top 5 player. This Stephen A Smith clown is a troll.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    that is the most ridiculous trade i have ever seen someone seriously talk about.

  • RayJr

    How about saying he wants to stay in the NBA and show it.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    Are you serious right now? You’re the most ridiculous person on this website and the biggest troll. You’re bias about virtually everything besides your favorite player LeBron James and you hate on everything and anything anyone says. This isn’t a ridiculous trade and the Kings have already done questionable trades in the past like for instance, when they traded Chris Webber who was a top 5 player and almost led the Kings to the NBA Finals to the Sixers for Brian Skinner and Kurt Thomas. This trade is good for both teams and there’s a possibility that it could happen. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1454967-chicago-bulls-definitely-should-make-a-move-before-the-nba-deadline

  • Stephen A. Smith

    *Kenny Thomas not Kurt

  • keyon dooling

    until Pat Riley comes and throws his rings on the table…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    here let me rip apart your stupid ass opinion only to watch you say something else ridiculous. i’ll do this, point by point, with FACTUAL PROOF for each reason.

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    1 – i have no bias towards LeBron James, if i did, then surely you’d be able to find some actual proof…….so go ahead and find that, it’s the internet, if i’ve showed it, it’s here. and saying positive things about a player aren’t a bias. i have said positive, and negative things about just about every player that has ever been discussed on this website.

    2 – This is a ridiculous trade. It’s an utterly stupid ridiculous, downright insulting trade for the Kings.

    – Reason A) – Carlos Boozer is owed $47.1Million over the next 3 years – Demarcus Cousins is owed $8.7 over the next 2 years. – Switch Demarcus Cousins with Carlos Boozer and the Kings are over the salary cap this season and paying the luxury tax. If you know ANYTHING at all about the Kings (and the Maloofs – you know they aren’t paying a luxury tax) – that’s the first. Most obvious reason why this trade is outrageously stupid. OUTRAGEOUSLY STUPID.

    http://hoopshype.com/salaries/chicago.htm

    http://hoopshype.com/salaries/sacramento.htm

    http://www.sbnation.com/nba-draft/2012/6/28/3125082/sacramento-kings-maloofs-broke-nba-draft-2012

    – Reason B) Demarcus Cousins is already a better player then Boozer. He’s 9 years younger and makes $10Million less dollars a year (10 million is 15% of the Salary Cap). Let me say that again. Demarcus Cousins is already a better player then Boozer. He’s 9 years younger and makes $10Million less dollars a year (10 million is 15% of the Salary Cap) – it’s stupid to think they would make that trade. STUPID.

    3 – Chris Webber was not a top 5 player when he was traded. That just shows how f*cking ignorant you are. Webber was scoring 21PPG and getting 9RPG before the trade which is still great (although not at a top 5 level, especially if you care even a little about defense—-given your ignorant criticisms of D’Antoni, i know you do, so don’t be a hypocrite, or do, i actually expect you to), but he was also hurt, and making an extremely high amount of money ($3Million dollars a year more than the 76ers actual best player, Allen Iverson). Not to mention his total lack of lateral quickness and continuing fall off in production and efficiency – (his numbers did drop to 15 points and 8 rebounds on 39%!!!!!!!!! shooting after the transition to Philadelphia) – and the Kings almost made the finals 3 years before that, not “recently” enough to try and include that in your reasoning, unless you are completely ignorant – check above comment from yourself for confirmation.

    .- http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A48834-2005Feb24.html

    - http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/webbech01.html

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    So in closing, yes the Kings have traded one very good player for worse players in the past, but they have never done it for an older player who makes 3 times as much money that just had off-season knee surgery! Because that would be STUPID. like you.
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    Reply if you want. But try and do it by making sense and looking like less of a jackass.

  • KBM

    This is a ridiculous trade proposal. Would never happen.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    You act like they can’t add younger pieces like a Jimmy Butler.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    You’re a complete reject that has never even played organized basketball and has no knowledge about the game. You act like the Kings would just settle for Boozer, I’m pretty sure they would ask for younger pieces like Jimmy Butler and you know there is something in the new CBA called “amnesty” yeah, I’m pretty sure that they would be able to use it on Boozer. Stop holding DeMarcus Cousins in such high regard he hasn’t done anything spectacular to be held to that high of a standard. With that being said this isn’t a ridiculous trade proposal in no sense of the word, it’s a realistic trade that can happen.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHA
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    who would use it on Boozer? the Kings? you can’t amnesty a player you acquired after the summer of 2011 but good try ignoramus.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    and it’s a stupid trade proposal. like completely and utterly stupid. shockingly stupid after all the concrete information i just gave you. i am shocked, at how stupid you are. just learn to admit when you are wrong. admitting you are wrong is admitting you are improving as a person and learning new things. denying things that are plainly obvious and spelled out right infront of your face is the benchmark of idiots. you can choose either way.
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    and trying to bring up how much basketball i’ve played is the most common fallacy people here fall to when they realize they don’t know what they are talking about. like somehow, my 20+ years of organized basketball experience has anything to do with trade logic in the NBA. because those two things are SO related. —- wait, are you even 20 years old? i doubt it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they can’t actually. they can’t legally make that trade as you originally said it. adding MORE bulls player’s will only make it even more illegal. and if you don’t know what illegal means, i’ll show you?

    - http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine?tradeId=bv5boxh
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    see? it’s illegal. now go away and come back when you have something closer to not completely idiotic to argue about.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    You’re clearly a reject because it works.

    http://espn.go.com/nba/tradeMachine

  • Stephen A. Smith
  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh haha my bad i didn’t see the John Salmons part of that deal. the trade is much less idiotic including him. but still, completely ridiculous and stupid. — but i do apologize, it wasn’t completely idiotic. just outrageously stupid.

  • Stephen A. Smith

    Where do you think DeMarcus Cousins should go Mr. Basketball know it all?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    nowhere? – i don’t think Sacramento should trade him at all.

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    if he had to be traded? – i’d try and get like Greg Monroe, but really, Cousins potential and production are so high, and his mental stability is so low, i don’t think there really is a fair trade for him. so i’d take at least until his last year under contract (so until next trade deadline) to see what he becomes. – it’s not like they run the risk of losing him in Free Agency, he’s going to be restricted. So they can match and trade him later if they don’t feel like they are getting what they want.

  • JL

    Javale’s definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer. Although his athletic ability is through the roof. Cousins at PF, and Mcgee at C, Artest at SF, JR Smith at SG, Russell Westbrook (He’s good, takes low pct shots instead of KD, I just have trouble choosing one since the PGs are so good nowadays) at PG. Andrew Bynum sixth man. Most combustible lineup!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    there is a distinct possibility that Stephen A. Smith is a huge troll….I mean reading this conversation….I think his responses can’t get any more fantastic…and then I read the next one lmao….I almost died when he said you don’t play ball, showed his knowledge on the amnesty provision, used amnesty in quotes (lmao im still laughing)…and then using the trade machine as evidence….

  • bomar status

    Why, it just doesn’t seem to be working

  • Hugo Silva

    IS that like ur nba 2k12 team or nba fantasy league team or something?

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