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Report: Kings willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins


The Sacramento Kings reportedly have reached a point with DeMarcus Cousins that the team is willing to listen to trade offers for the superstar center.

Ailene Voisin of The Sacramento Bee reports that Kings general manager Vlade Divac envisions a possible scenario where he could pair the talented Cousins with the team’s new head coach. But issues related to how the two-time All-Stars frequently clashed with former head coach George Karl — and purported complaints from Cousins’ own teammates — has prompted Divac to consider other options.

The report states that the “disconnect between Karl and Divac, and Karl and Cousins, is rivaled closely by the discord within the fragmented locker room.”

Cousins’ historically erratic behavior allegedly has caused some of his teammates to complain to management. The issues mainly involve Cousins’ mood swings and the level of respect he shows others, especially the way he treated Karl.

The report also notes that Cousins has few friends inside the Kings locker room outside of Rajon Rondo.

Speculation concerning Cousins’ uncertain future with the Kings organization have been forwarded for years and as recently as earlier this season before this latest report. Despite his all-world talent, his shortcomings in other respects make him a headache for management and apparently for teammates as well.

Further, despite being one of the best players in the NBA, Cousins has been unable to lead the Kings organization to any semblance of success, leading the team to disappointing regular seasons of 24-58, 22-44, 28-54, 28-54, 29-53 and 33-49. While that series of poor records cannot solely be attributable to only Cousins — organizational instability, among other things, of course factor into the team’s shortcomings — a superstar player is expected to lift an organization around him, not drag it down.

All that said, the notion that the Kings might be willing to listen to trade offers for Cousins this offseason is entirely different than actually making a deal. Perhaps Cousins, who has franchise player-like talent, will take the next step in becoming a more mature player, something that could be helped by the Kings finding a coach that finally can get through to him.