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Report: DeMarcus Cousins changes agents

Dec 23, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

Dallas Mavericks v Sacramento Kings

DeMarcus Cousins has made a mess for himself. He’s lashed out at opponents, coaches, announcers — pretty much everyone. He’s been fined, he’s been suspended. The Kings are tired of apologies. Cousins is sick of losing. And around and around we go.

No matter whose side you’re on, it’s safe to say that Cousins has painted himself into a corner with some immature actions. So who do you call to clean up the mess? The Winston Wolfe of NBA agents.

Cousins has looked outside for help, according to this from Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee:

Normally this wouldn’t be big news, but Dan Fegan has a bit of a reputation. When players want out, he’s the guy they bring in. Remember the “Dwightmare” saga with Dwight Howard in Orlando? Fegan engineered the trade, and made sure Howard landed in one of his preferred spots.

Maybe more relevant to Cousins’ situation with the Kings is Fegan’s relationship with Sacramento Kings GM Geoff Petrie. Here’s Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty, recalling how former Kings guard Kevin Martin left town as soon as Martin signed with Fegan:

“Things could have gotten better, but then Martin signed with Fegan. And Martin-Tyreke Evans didn’t really work out. And Martin was getting his side out in the media, through Sam Amick (…) Things got really toxic.”

Ziller excerpts a piece from the aforementioned Sam Amick, who really sums up what Fegan is all about:

“Martin’s hiring of Fegan didn’t sit well with Petrie, as the agent is among the most influential in the game and known for putting serious pressure on teams if his guy doesn’t want to be in the current locale.”

If you recall, Martin eventually got his wish and was traded from Sacramento. It looks like that’s where we are with Cousins now. The chances Fegan is there to play nice with Petrie and negotiate Cousins’ next contract are slim-to-none. The chances Fegan is there to put pressure on Petrie to find Cousins a new home? Much, much more likely.

Someone will want to take a chance on the kid. Say what you will about Cousins  — he deserves plenty of criticism here — but it’s not as though Sacramento is the ideal environment for any young player. That organization and team is a full blown disaster, and it’s pretty clear that the relationship between the Kings and Cousins has reached a tipping point.

Fegan solves problems. It’s not always pretty, but he fixes things for his clients. It’s just a matter of time before he does the same for Cousins.

  1. thxman1138 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Great Winston Wolfe reference.

    I think he lands in Miami. Fegan’s and Pat Riley’s Jedi mind powers will make it happen.

  2. gpatrick15 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    If he weren’t such a chemistry killer and head case, every team minus the Lakers would be lined up to make offers. Wouldn’t mind seeing OKC getting him, but who would they give up? The guy is good, but he needs a strong minded coach like Pop or Karl to keep him in line. JaVale McGee has been a new man since being saved from that train wreck in DC, and I think a similar coach could do the same with Cousins.

  3. clevelandschronic2 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:26 PM

    I think Cousins would look great paired with Kyrie,Dion,Thompson,Zeller, Varejao (if he isnt traded). I bet byron scott could help him figure things out.

    • biasedhomer - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:21 PM

      Pretty sure they would have to trade Waiters or Thompson to get Cousins.

      • saint1997 - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:16 PM

        thompson and varejao?

    • money2long - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:57 PM

      i think doc rivers would be the prefect coach for him actually

      • saint1997 - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:17 PM

        definitely. Doc preaches loyalty and family and so do the team’s leaders KG and Rondo

  4. seanb20124 - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    Option his butt to the D League.

  5. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 23, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Keith Smart is the problem, not Cousins. Too much talent on that team going to waste due to terrible guidance by their inept coaching staff.

    • progress2011 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:07 PM

      UMMMM…mr. 4 names,

      Blame EVERYBODY BUT THE OFFENDER, is part of the problem with our society now!

      D.Cousins, lack of professionalism, self restraint, self respect, self discipline etc. etc. etc. is no ones fault BUT ….wait for it –

      HIS OWN !!!

      He is PERSONALLY accountable for his own demise…..PERIOD !

  6. progress2011 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    If his agent is also his psychiatrist….then this is definitely a good move because his previous mental health counseling was OBVIOUSLY not workin !

    • badintent - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:07 AM

      yeah , I guess the dude read my post yesterday about getting a new agent, who that speaks Mandarin Sorry I forgot to mention Dr. Phil for his little head problem.

  7. rj2323 - Dec 23, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    He has so much talent I see Zach Randolph in him get him to a contender an he will be great he needs a veteran locker room celtics, heat, mavs he will be traded soon

  8. 32magicman - Dec 23, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    Bundle him with tyreke and put them on the block.

    • saint1997 - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:18 PM

      that’d actually be a hell of a package, asking price would probably be too high

  9. stayhigh_247 - Dec 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    could definitely see him in Boston, but Miami dont need him or his circus act, plus Riley is still in the building and he’s too old school to put up with nonsense. i dont see him in Dallas at all, see Delonte West.

  10. prov1x - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    He’s a punk, pure and simple.

  11. metalhead65 - Dec 23, 2012 at 7:57 PM

    stop making excuses for this clown. he being paid a ton of money to play a game. how many average working guys have to put up with crap from a boss and job they hate, but have to suck it up and take it to support their family? he is young and immature only goes so far,grow up and shut up already!

  12. iamjimmyjack - Dec 24, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    Move the team to Seattle and keep cousins.

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