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Report: Maloofs reluctant to trade Cousins; Celtics among teams interested

Dec 29, 2012, 9:31 AM EST

DeMarcus Cousins AP

Ever since the Kings organization suspended DeMarcus Cousins — for fighting with Keith Smart, the coach hired because it was thought he had a good relationship with the young big man — other teams have started poking around to see if the Kings are willing to trade Cousins.

Among the teams very interested are the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons, reports Marc Stein at ESPN.

But so far, the Kings are not willing to make a move and those orders come from the very top of the organization, Stein reports. No, not George Maloof, the other two.

The early word from the DeMarcus Cousins trade watch, according to the latest rumbles on the personnel grapevine, is that Kings co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof remain reluctant in the extreme to part with their young big man, especially at a time when — after three suspensions already this season — Cousins’ trade value isn’t exactly on the upswing.

There’s a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term….

Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Rest assured there will be more.

It takes a lot for me to say this, but the Maloofs are right. They shouldn’t trade him.

Moving Cousins for a veteran sounds like Petrie seeing his job in potential danger (who knows with this ownership) and looking to get wins in the short term at the sake of the smart long-term move.

At the end of the day talent wins in this league and Cousins has tons of it. He’s just starting to realize that talent (and shouldn’t be taking one more shot a game from beyond 16 feet than he did last season — get back closer to the rim). No doubt his unfiltered ego and passion can make him hard to deal with, but he’s too good to just give up on. What the Kings need is a stabilizing influence in the  organization and the locker room to try and bring him around. Problem is, with the Maloofs ownership looking to move the team if they can find a way out of Sacramento (or eventually selling the team) it’s hard to expect stabilization from anywhere. Smart seemed to provide it for Cousins, but Smart’s rotations have led to a lot of head scratching in the locker room.

Then there is Cousins’ new agent Dan Fegan, who could try to push Cousins out of Sacramento (and who doesn’t have a good history with Petrie). The situation has the potential to get ugly and force the Kings hand.

I can see why the Celtics want him — they have the kind of locker room that can keep Cousins in check, and if you pair Cousins and Rajon Rondo you are seriously competitive for the next five years at least.

Detroit… they already have Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond. Cousins should be better than either of them but maybe they think they can make a swap of young bigs. Still, bigs is not the Pistons area of most need.

If Cousins does go on the block, about 29 teams will call. But the Maloofs are right here to hold on to him for now.

  1. hushbrother - Dec 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

    Dan Fegan actually wrote a song about his client. It’s called “Cousins Dupree.”

  2. dko83 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    Hmm, Cousins on the Celtics. This could get weird.

  3. scalfor3 - Dec 29, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Cousins to the C’s is tantalizing. Talent-wise he’d be a huge upgrade for some of our biggest weaknesses (Size, rebounding, big man depth etc). Obviously its a huge question mark whether he can keep his head on straight, but being around KG could be the best thing possible for him. I wouldn’t get rid of Rondo, Pierce, KG or Bradley, but would consider it if a package of other vets (Lee? Terry? Bass? Green?) could get this done. Worth the risk in my mind, we won’t beat the Miami’s and OKC’s of the world with the current roster.

    • ghelton03 - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:34 PM

      Dreaming. No way Kings trade Cousins for that lot of mediocre players.

      • scalfor3 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:13 PM

        I agree that it’s a long shot, but if it was there I’d take it.

  4. soopreme - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Chris Bosh for Cousins .
    Good trade for both teams. a little more riskier for the Heat, but I have faith that Riley and the heat culture can reign him in.
    It would give the Kings a dependable star that would possible enable them to compete.
    It would give the Heat the low post presence that they need.

    • scalfor3 - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:33 PM

      No way. Bosh’s ability to stretch the floor is key for them, really opens things up for the rest of them. Don’t mess with what works. Also, Sac-Town with Bosh just becomes Toronto 2.0.

      • soopreme - Dec 29, 2012 at 3:09 PM

        The Heats glaring rebounding and low post deficiencies far outweigh Bosh’s 15-17 pts a game, besides, Cousins 16ppg and 10 rpg will surely make up for that and he has a midrange jumper also.
        Your just not getting from Bosh defendively what you need and with Cousins you would be getting a potential long term solution to the one weakness the Heat has.
        If I was the Heat, i would do it in a Heartbeat.

      • kinggw - Dec 29, 2012 at 4:13 PM

        Cousins is a better rebounder than Bosh, im not sure he is better defensively. I would love to have Cousins on board, but not if it means giving up Bosh. Considering who is interested (Boston, Detroit, and Miami) and their lack of resources, I dont think Cousins is going anywhere.

    • theawesomersfranchise - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

      LMAO @ this foolishness

  5. 00maltliquor - Dec 29, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Big Cuz to BOS would be huge. But for who? Sounds good now so as long as Garnett and Pierce are around, but a Rondo-Cousins future sounds toxic and volitile at best….and with that said….do it!!!

    As for DET, unless they are giving up anyone not named Monroe, it wouldn’t make sence. Sure Cuz is the better player, but for his attitude he isn’t THAT much of an upgrade that a trade of Greg Monroe would absolutly warrant it. It would favor SAC though, even though they would be getting a less talented player in return (Monroe is talented, but DMC has a whole world of untapped talent and has a chance to be the best C in the league if he would just get it together) but at least would get rid of the headcase.

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

    Who’s more desperate? The Rex Sox or the Celtics?
    Mercy me it would take amazing desperateness to an rarely seen level to trade for this lil boy.

    PLEASE Trade for Cousins Celtics, nothing better than watching a meltdown and setting a team back than watching it happen to a Boston team.

  7. thekingdave - Dec 29, 2012 at 2:27 PM

    The Celtics have nothing desirable to trade outside of Rondo

  8. 6stn - Dec 29, 2012 at 8:28 PM

    Chronic immaturity on Cousins’ part will probably have him on the trading block every year, no matter where he ends up.

  9. kavika6 - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:09 AM

    I say send him to Boston, along with kobe, daren williams, chandler, jr smith and ron artest. It wouldn’t make sense position-wise but it would round up the biggest jerks in the league onto one team that we can laugh at when they fall apart.

    • ghelton03 - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:42 PM

      Send ‘em to Miami. That’s where the real jerks are.

  10. ghelton03 - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM

    C’s will have to trade Pierce to get any quality player. They won’t trade Rondo cause he is young, talented and has a good contract. KG just said he is looking at retirement on a year to year basis, which is telling teams, if you trade for me, I am going to retire. The rest of the C’s team are just mediocre, dime a dozen players.

  11. ghelton03 - Dec 30, 2012 at 10:40 PM

    If Ainge had already not made so many bad deals, he could be packaging Perk and Big Baby for Cousins. But at this point in time, he would probably be thinking, I am better off with Perk and Big Baby.

    • scalfor3 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      He wouldn’t be better off paying Baby and Perk the kind of money it would have taken to keep them. Give me Bass and his contract over either of those guys.

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