Seems far-fetched that Kings would actually trade Cousins…
Sacramento Kings coach George Karl is reportedly open to dealing star center DeMarcus Cousins as he looks to control personnel at the franchise.
Celtics interested in Cousins: Boston looked to make a move before trade deadline.
Cousins slams Barkley: Boogie says he has no respect for Chuck.
Cousins not involved in coach hiring: Kings center doesn’t have a say in appointments.
After his arrival earlier this month, Karl has already moved to stamp his authority on the roster by bringing in Andre Miller, his former point guard with the Denver Nuggets.
However, he is understood to be looking at another reunion in the coming months as he weighs up a move for Ty Lawson as he has reportedly taken on a level of personnel control from general manager Pete D’Alessandro.
While that will be of little concern for Kings fans, what will worry them is the report from Howard Beck of Bleacher Report, who claims that the organisation made everyone available ahead of the trade deadline, including Cousins.
“Even DeMarcus Cousins, their franchise center, is not untouchable, according to a source with insight into Karl’s thinking. ‘At the trade deadline, everyone was available,'” Beck’s source said.
“Including Cousins? ‘Every single person (on the Kings roster) was available.’ Although Karl does not hold a front office title, ‘he definitely has control’ of future personnel decisions.”
Lawson is reportedly unhappy in Denver and so a trade deal is expected to be a realistic possibility if a team can make an appealing offer.
Whether that involves Karl giving up Cousins remains to be seen, but it is a highly unlikely scenario given how important the big man is to the team and how talented he is.
Further, it will be interesting to monitor the situation regarding Karl’s power over personnel as his role could evolve to give him increasing influence at the organisation.