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Cavaliers, Bobcats, Mavericks rumored to be interested in DeMarcus Cousins

May 29, 2013, 1:35 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

As the Kings enter a new era with what fans hope will finally be a competent ownership group, the franchise appears to want to enter next season with a completely clean slate.

Sacramento will look to bring in a new general manager and a new head coach, who will together need to decide what the best way is to go about building the team from essentially the ground up.

A big decision on the horizon is what to do with DeMarcus Cousins — a player whose talent borders on that of an All-Star, yet whose attitude and on-court demeanor has prevented him from achieving the level of success that most envision him capable of when watching him play.

If Sacramento does decide that it’s best to part ways with Cousins, there won’t be a shortage of teams interested in dealing for his services.

From Chad Ford of ESPN.com (via HoopsHype):

Sources say the Cavs have already begun to explore what they can get with the No. 1 pick. If they can get a young big or small forward in return, Gilbert will be pushing for them to trade the pick. Who can they get? The pickings will be slim. Teams aren’t dying to get the No. 1 pick. But one name that you shouldn’t totally rule out is the Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins.

The Cavs won’t be the only team calling the Kings once they get a new GM in place. Sources say that the Charlotte Bobcats and Dallas Mavericks will also have interest in Cousins if Sacramento’s new management decides to cut ties with Cousins.

Cousins would appear to need to be in an environment where his antics won’t be tolerated, and only a team with a veteran head coach who commands the respect of his players will be able to get the most out of the talent that Cousins brings.

That’s why young rebuilding squads like the Cavaliers or the Bobcats don’t really make any sense. Cousins would be in the same situation there that he’s in in Sacramento, as one of the best players on a losing team that’s trying to establish a direction for itself. We’ve already seen that Cousins doesn’t do well in that type of a situation.

The Mavericks are more interesting, considering the more steady coach in place in Rick Carlisle, as well as Dirk Nowitzki who is clearly in the team’s leadership position. Add another couple of veterans to that roster, and all of a sudden Cousins will be forced to fall in line with a more mature group that will have no tolerance for the nonsense he’s brought to the game during his first three seasons in the league.

Cousins averaged 17.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 30.5 minutes per game this season. He also led the league with 17 technical fouls.

  1. jjthesportsguy - May 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I’d love to see what Cousins could turn into with the right guys surrounding him. All the physical tools are there, and we see the efford on occasion with 30 and 20 nights.

  2. jjthesportsguy - May 29, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    I’d love to see what Cousins could turn into with the right guys surrounding him. All the physical tools are there, and we see the effort on occasion with 30 and 20 nights.

  3. biasedhomer - May 29, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    What about a Monroe for Cousins swap? Seems even.

    • marxobama - May 29, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Marilyn????
      She might be indisposed,right now

  4. jadaruler - May 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

    Glad to see the Mavs not giving up on the Boogie to DFW dream.

    • tk41 - May 29, 2013 at 3:07 PM

      I’m a Mavs fan & love Cousins’ game – but am incredibly leery of having Boogie join the Mavs. Carlisle, Cuban & Donnie Nelson have done a great job over the years, but the franchise has little tolerance for knucklehead behavior (Lamar Odom, Delonte West).
      Cousins will cost a lot & if he doesn’t get his act together, will be sold for 60 cents on the dollar in 2 years. At this point, he is still a VERY risky gamble.
      Cousins is a more athletic version of Zach Randolph – both physically & mentally. It took ZBo about 8 years & 4 teams to get his head out of his ass and live up to his potential. IF Boogie gets there, it may take longer than that.
      The team that gets through to him will get an All-NBA caliber player, but any team before that will be paying a lot for the headaches.

      • kinggw - May 29, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        You dont have to worry because the Mavs dont have the goods to get Cousins.

  5. money2long - May 29, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    cousins might speed up dirk’s retiring process.

  6. wjmoffatt - May 29, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    How would Cousins be the best player on the Cavs? Last time I checked they still had Kyrie, he is without question better than Cousins.

    • ljl2 - May 29, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Cavs fan here. Kyrie only plays one side of the ball. Cousins is a better PLAYER right now. Kyrie is a better scorer though.

    • money2long - May 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      judging by the thumbs up vs thumbs down, if the two ever were teammates, there might be arguing about whose team it is.

  7. marxobama - May 29, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    As a Sac fan…see most of their games…This guy can bring it when he wants…Some times he disappears for a few games!!
    i would love for him to stay but if we can get quality..go for it!!
    We will have a strong front office and coach in place soon..This might change the “destroyer’s” out look and he might come around..the talent is there!!!

  8. stayhigh_247 - May 29, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    I wouldn’t put Cousin’s in a young locker room with no real veteran presence to keep his ass in check. Talent is one thing but cancer spreads. Mike Brown hasn’t shown me anything to suggest he could handle the guy. Cousins needs a Doc/KG combo, or a Pop’s/ Duncan combo to guide him. Mark Jackson would know how to utilize him better than Mike Brown. The Cav’s aren’t winning anything soon, so why derail the train before it even leaves the station?

  9. stephenolszewski - May 29, 2013 at 9:16 PM

    As a Cavs fan if they can land him I’d be ecstatic not sure how I feel them going with Nerlens but we need a big badly that’s why I want Boogie. Only thing that scares me is we’ve seen how Mike Brown handles questionable characters/ Big Egos however youd like to phrase it LeBron, Kobe, Bynum

  10. killmovez15 - May 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM

    Greg Monroe= 16ppg 9rbpg) Greg Monroe for cousins!!

  11. killmovez15 - May 29, 2013 at 9:34 PM

    GReg Monroe is better than cousins.. kings suck anyway.

  12. tlef64 - May 30, 2013 at 7:05 AM

    Good! Send Him OUT of here!!! He’s just another bipolar Mike Tyson idiot!

  13. edwardemanuelson - May 30, 2013 at 7:22 AM

    Once again, there is one franchise that can handle this guy. They also play in Texas, and they’re going to the Finals. They are not the Rockets, and certainly not the Mavs.

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