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As long as nothing changes at the top, it won't matter if the Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins.

The Kings are, as Akis so thoroughly and brilliantly laid out, at a crossroads. But it doesn't matter which direction you choose if the driver is wearing a blindfold and trying to prove he can drive with only his knees. Trading DeMarcus Cousins is the obvious catalyst towards major change, but what if the Kings trade Cousins and we experience more of the same dysfunction, just without Boogie?

We often point out that the Kings' history of ineptitude should be separated into pieces. Don't count what the Maloofs and Geoff Petrie did. Some even say we shouldn't count anything Pete D'Alessandro did. But this all start at the top. Let's look at the moves from Thursday's post, but only look at what's been done since the Maloofs have been gone:

May 28th, 2013: The NBA Board of Governors unanimously approved sale of the Sacramento Kings from the Maloof Family to Vivek Ranadivé.

May 30th, 2013: Michael Malone is hired as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, the first important move of the Vivek Ranadivé era.  Malone replaces the departing Keith Smart.

June 15th, 2013: Pete D'Alessandro is hired as General Manager of the Sacramento Kings, replacing Geoff Petrie.  Petrie held the job of GM for almost two decades.

June 27th, 2013: The Sacramento Kings selected Ben McLemore with the 7th pick of the 2013 NBA Draft.

July 10th, 2013: The Sacramento Kings opted not to match New Orleans' offer on restricted free agent Tyreke Evans.  The Kings decided to do a sign-and-trade involving Portland and New Orleans instead.  The Kings traded Evans to New Orleans for Greivis Vasquez.  Portland sent Sacramento two future 2nd round draft picks and Cash Considerations in return for taking on Robin Lopez from New Orleans.

July 15th, 2013: Signed Carl Landry to a 4 year, $26 million deal, the first free agent signing of the Vivek Ranadivé era.

September 30th, 2013: Gave DeMarcus Cousins a 4 year, maximum extension.

November 26th, 2013: Traded Luc Mbah a Moute to Minnesota for Derrick Williams.

December 9th, 2013: Traded Patrick Patterson, Chuck Hayes, John Salmons and Greivis Vasquez to Toronto for Rudy Gay, Quincy Acy and Aaron Gray.

February 9th, 2014: Traded Marcus Thornton to the Brooklyn Nets for Reggie Evansand Jason Terry

February 27th, 2014: Kings waived Jimmer Fredette.  Fredette is currently not playing in the NBA.

June 26th, 2014: The Sacramento Kings selected Nik Stauskas with the 8th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft.

July 12th, 2014: The Kings opted not to match Phoenix's offer on restricted free agent Isaiah Thomas.  They sign-and-trade him to Phoenix for a trade exception and the rights to Alex Oriakhi.  Isaiah Thomas made his first NBA All-Star team this past February.  Alex Oriakhi has not played in a single NBA game and didn't even start for the Kings in Summer League.

July 12th, 2014: Signed Darren Collison to a 3 year, $15 million deal.

September 18th, 2014: The Kings sign Omri Casspi as a free agent to a one-year deal, bringing Casspi back to where his career started.

November 16th, 2014: Gave Rudy Gay a 3 year, $40 million extension.

December 15th, 2014: The Kings fire head coach Michael Malone after the team goes 2-7 with DeMarcus Cousins out due to viral meningitis.  Before that illness the Kings were 9-6, their best start in years.  Tyrone Corbin is appointed Interim Head Coach.

February 17th, 2015: Tyrone Corbin is replaced as head coach by George Karl after going 7-21.

March 3rd, 2015: Vlade Divac is hired as VP of Basketball and Franchise Operations. At first nobody seems to know what this means, but it becomes clear within weeks that Vlade has supplanted Pete D'Alessandro as the lead decision maker in Sacramento. D'Alessandro chooses to leave in the offseason and Divac officially takes over the title of GM as well.

June 25th, 2015: The Sacramento Kings select Willie Cauley-Stein with the 6th pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.

July 9th, 2015: Traded Carl Landry, Nik Stauskas, Jason Thompson, a future 1st round draft pick as well as the rights to swap 1st round picks in the next two years to Philadelphia for the rights to Arturas GudaitisLuka Mitrovic and a future 2nd round pick.

July 13th, 2015: Signed Rajon to a 1 year, $9.5 million deal. Signed Kosta Koufos to a 4 year, $33 million deal. Signed Marco Belinelli to a 3 year, $19 million deal.

July 14th, 2015: Re-signed Omri Casspi to a 2 year, $6 million deal.

What is it about that list of transactions that inspires any confidence that the Kings could successfully navigate the minefield of trading a superstar? Which of those transactions suggests that the Kings could successfully rebound around young assets or a new star? Similarly, none of that suggests an ability to build around DeMarcus Cousins.

The objective of any rebuild is to acquire and then build around a star or stars. I don't know if the Kings can successfully build around DeMarcus Cousins, but if they can't I'm not sure it matters who or what they get in a trade. I understand why people are more and more ready to trade Cousins, but I still think it would be a mistake.

I think the team needs to fix the issues higher up the ladder first. Otherwise, whether they keep Cousins or not, I'm not sure it really matters.