You’d think the “trade Cousins” rumors might be over now that it seems all but inevitable that the Kings will ink him to one of the biggest extensions in league history this summer, but alas, you would be wrong. With the NBA trade deadline just a few weeks away, the rumor mill has started up again, bringing the Phoenix Suns into the mix.
Gambadoro reports the discussions have centered around involving small forward T.J. Warren, center Alex Len, Phoenix’s first-round pick this year and possibly more. The Suns own all of their future picks and also own two future Miami Heat first-round picks from the Goran Dragic deal.
Sacramento has the need for a lead point guard and 2017’s draft class has point guards near the top of many mock drafts, including Washington’s Markelle Fultz and UCLA’s Lonzo Ball.
Gambadoro said Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker would not be in the deal.
John Gambadoro has broken Phoenix Suns news in the past and has a pretty decent track record from what I can tell, but I still don’t expect anything to come of this. To me this sounds like Phoenix inquired about Cousins with an offer and Sacramento rejected it, especially since any deal involving Cousins to Phoenix that doesn’t include Devin Booker is almost certainly a non-starter. We’re talking about the same Kings team that wouldn’t deal Rudy Gay for young talent or picks when he was healthy because they thought they could make the playoffs. While their record is awful, the Kings are technically still in that hunt (which just goes to show how bad the bottom of the West is this year) and have also put together a decent string of basketball as of late.
I do expect the Kings to be semi-active at the deadline, but trading Cousins still seems to be the furthest thing from Sacramento’s mind and we have been given no indication to think otherwise.