Sacramento Kings coach George Karl has revealed that he has never had a player that was deemed untradeable, thus suggesting that DeMarcus Cousins falls into that category.
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While it is worth noting that Karl made no direct reference to Cousins coupled with the fact that the Kings big man is regarded as a franchise cornerstone, it isn’t expected that a trade deal will just happen this summer.
However, it certainly raises an interesting question as to whether the franchise would sign off on a deal if they were to receive significant assets in return for their star center.
Cousins was an All-Star this season after averaging 24.1 points, 12.7 rebounds and 3.6 assists which were all career-high averages along with 1.7 blocked shots which was also a high.
Although there is an element of being the best player on a horrible team here, it shouldn’t take away from the improvement that Cousins has shown and the 24-year-old is certainly regarded as one of the top talents in the NBA as he continues to show an ability to deal with his temperament too.
“I think we can make a big step next year. As an organization, we have to be aware of what if? What if we get offered (a good trade)? What if? That’s Pete and Vlade’s (Divac) area of expertise,” Karl said, according to CSN Bay Area.
“I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable. You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way.”
Given that Cousins is regarded as the face of the franchise, it remains highly unlikely that he would be allowed to leave. However, based on these comments, if the price is right then a conversation can be started it seems and there would no shortage of interest if he were available.