Marc Stein recently joined Zach Lowe on The Lowe Post podcast to discuss various free agency rumors and news, as well as potential offseason trades around the league. Naturally the discussion turned to the Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins.
When asked about the status of DeMarcus, Stein said he doesn't expect the Kings to move DeMarcus this summer, but that given the situation we'll still hear about teams calling to "test the Kings' resolve". Stein confirmed what many Kings fans expected, that the Kings will at least give Cousins and new coach Dave Joerger a chance to succeed.
Zach Lowe, who some feel has a bias against the Kings, noted that waiting would make sense, and that perhaps Joerger could make it work. Lowe did, however, share a nugget that I found amusing but some Kings fans may not. Apparently, in the wake of the draft day trade in which the Kings acquired the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic, the joke around the league is that teams should acquire Serbian players so they can trade them to Kings GM Vlade Divac.
Overall, I thought this discussion was rather fair to the Kings, aside from one mostly harmless anecdote.
In other podcast news, Suns GM Ryan McDonough was on The Vertical Podcast with Woj, and talked about how the draft day trade with the Kings came to be. Interesting insight on how these deals come together. In case you don't have time to listen, the short version is that the Suns suspected there might be a run on guards after they took Dragan Bender, and had been in discussions with the Kings. The Kings, they knew, would be willing to trade out of the 8th pick if certain guys were off the board. When it played out as expected, both sides were ready to complete the deal.
A fun insight into a world that we normally hear so little of. I recommend giving it a listen. Whatever you may think of Woj, he gets really good insights from league execs when they come on his show.