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Did Geoff Petrie want to trade DeMarcus Cousins?

The Kings' owner spoke with Ailene Voisin on a variety of topics, including the Kings mercurial center.


Ailene Voisin has been covering the Kings for a long time, and one of the things she does really well is her interviews. The SacBee published a Q&A yesterday in which she spoke with Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé on the state of the team on and off the court.

One answer of Ranadivé's stood out to me, when Voisin asked him about the acquisition of Rudy Gay and the decision to give DeMarcus Cousins an extension.

From the Bee (bold emphasis mine)

I'm very pleased with those decisions. When I bought the team, everybody told me the first thing you should do is get rid of DeMarcus, including the previous management. But I just kept an open mind, and I interacted with the young man. And what I saw was a young man who wanted to win and had experienced nothing but chaos during his time with the Kings. Throughout the season he has proven that he wants to win, and he is maturing. I can't fault him because he wants to win so much.

That's something we haven't heard before, although I think many suspected it. Cousins' relationship with previous management was tenuous at best and had been almost since the start. We've heard it from Cousins himselfin his interview with Grantland:

"It was terrible, to be honest," Cousins said. "When I'm talking about people being gullible, my own organization was. I came in and it was,You got to do this, you've got to do that. You've got to lose weight. It was everything negative before I even played my first game. It was rough from the beginning. I'm thinking I've got to go to battle with these guys and they don't even believe in me in the first place."

For better or worse, Ranadivé and co. have hitched their wagon to Cousins for the foreseeable future. They've welcomed him with open arms and given him the keys to the franchise. So far he's rewarded that trust with an All-Star caliber season, his best to date.

I highly recommend reading all of Voisin's interview with Ranadivé as they talk about all aspects of the Kings, including the arena.