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Is It Time For The Kings To Part Ways With DeMarcus Cousins?

Submitted by on November 12, 2015 – 12:05 pmNo Comment
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Following the Sacramento Kings’ loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night—their seventh loss in eight games—Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was not happy. So according to reports, he walked into the Sacramento locker room and started cursing out his head coach George Karl. Cousins has since disputed that claim and said that he was not directing his anger at Karl. But either way, he didn’t dispute the fact that he lost his cool after the game. It led to a players-only meeting on Tuesday and also reportedly caused Kings general manager Vlade Divac to wonder whether or not his team has the right pieces in place to succeed.

Since Cousins’ outburst, the Kings have won a game over the Detroit Pistons to move to 2-7 on the season. It’s obviously not a total turnaround, but the Kings did come out and play with some passion against the Pistons. So all is good in Kings Country, right? Not exactly. The truth of the matter is that, while the Kings are better than what they have shown on the court so far this season, they’re not a playoff team this year. Not even close. So rather than keep Cousins in the fold for another year, there are many NBA fans calling for the Kings to part ways with Cousins by trading him away. In their minds, Cousins might be back on the right track right now, but all it’s going to take is one bad game for things to fall apart again.

It’s hard to argue with those people. Cousins is a passionate player, but he’s also proven to be extremely volatile during his NBA career. He has snapped on referees, reporters, coaches, teammates, fans, and anyone who will listen to him. It’s why the Kings probably shouldn’t have him in place as their leader—and why they should think long and hard about how they want to handle him moving forward. Because at this very moment, most people still consider Cousins a top-tier talent at the center position and a guy who could turn a middle-of-the-pack team into a true contender. But if he keeps behaving the way he has so far this season, his trade value will inevitably plummet, and the Kings will end up having a bigger problem on their hands than they already do.

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