Another year, another disappointing season. Yes, the Kings won 29 games, their most in five seasons, but this team was supposed to do much more, especially after a 9-5 start to the season got everyone's hopes up. Instead, here we are with the season over and once again watching 16 other teams in the playoffs and refreshing ESPN's mock draft lottery simulator.
Desperate times often call for desperate measures, and for a fanbase that has been through as much as ours, that means leaving nothing off the table. Head coach George Karl added a little fuel to the fire as the season ended with the following comment:
"I've had some great players and I've never had one player that I have said is untradeable. You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way."
It also has been pretty clear that Cousins is currently not a happy camper. Five years in, he still hasn't even come close to sniffing the playoffs, his favorite coach was fired, and his name was dragged into the mud during the hiring of the new coach. As such, speculation has abounded that the Kings might be willing to part ways with their mercurial big man.
Not so fast.
The Kings don't really have any incentive whatsoever to trade DeMarcus Cousins. This is not a Kevin Love or Carmelo Anthony situation in which the star has essentially cut ties with the organization and would leave in Free Agency. The Kings have Cousins under contract for three full years. He's arguably a top-10 NBA player when healthy and fully engaged, and is only 24 years old with his best years ahead of him. These are the type of guys you hold onto for as long as you can and hope you can build around.
The Kings are running out of time though. This summer is incredibly important to help put the Kings on track because if they're in the same position a year from now as they are today, Cousins suddenly only has two years left on his contract and an increasing unlikelihood that he'd choose to re-sign in Sacramento.
It's safe to say that you can probably ignore any speculation on trading Cousins (especially from Boston sources) for now, but if the Kings continue to make mistakes as an organization and can't develop a winner, Cousins will want out and I'm not sure I'd blame him.