I guess when you are a struggling team like the Sacramento Kings, “indefinitely” means “one game.”
Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely after getting into an argument with head coach Keith Smart at halftime of last Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. However, Cousins was reinstated by the Kings on Monday after just one game. He practiced with the team but did not make the trip to Portland for Wednesday night’s game against the Trail Blazers.
This is Cousins’ third suspension of the year, the first two coming from the NBA. He has become more of a liability than an asset for the Kings. They cannot afford to pay him to sit on the bench, but his attitude makes it almost impossible for the team to get the value they want in a trade.
I think the Kings are just going to have to take whatever they can get for Cousins and get him out of Sacramento. This probably means he will get to go play for a better team, which ultimately means Cousins is rewarded for his childish behavior, but the Kings are stuck between a rock and a hard place and will have to cut their losses.
So who wants a talented(?) big man with an attitude problem?
One of life’s great mottos truly applies here, “always buy low.” I am sure there is a GM out there who thinks they can provide the ideal situation for Cousins that will keep him happy and get him finally playing at his full potential, and they are salivating thinking about the price they can get him for.
However, whether it is because no one truly wants him or no one wants to show their hand and make the first offer, it does not seem like any teams are coming out and saying they want to acquire Cousins from the Kings.
Maybe this is truly a match made in Hell, and Cousins and the Kings are doomed to be together forever. It’s not like Sacramento is a stranger to bad attitudes and failure. Maybe they’re just used to it by now.
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DeMarcus Cousins is doing this to himself. And he is sinking his value to the point where the Kings simply won't trade him to trade him. (Which is what Cousins wants.)
So the Kings are doing the only thing they can really do: Wait. And, unfortunately, that leaves all Kings fans in the lurch as Cousins has really abandoned his need to be professional, or productive for that matter. But why quibble? Unless you are the Spurs, Celtics or a few other teams with a much larger stature of players who can slap Cousins around when he mouths off (which is every moment of every day pretty much), good luck with this kid. He just isn't worth it.
One beneficial thing for Cousins moving on is that he badly needs therapy to deal with his myrial emotional issue's. Hopefully moving to another franchise whose decision makers and movers and shakers can convince him that he needs therapy if he is really to move forward.
Whatever happens, though, I'm done with DeMarcus Cousins. Personally, I hope Cousins leaves the Kings. He isn't worth dealing with on a day in day out basis, but I know Petrie well enough to know that he won't bother moving him. There just isn't anything in it for the Kings to move Cousins for anything less than premium value. And who would, in their right mind, give premium value for DeMarcus Cousins?
Hence why this crap will likely continue down the line. Oh well, it is what it is. It's not like this is new, but I was hoping Cousins would grow up sometime soon. Apparently that won't happen in Sacramento. Oh well, ' tis what it 'tis I suppose.
@Nate Hughart Great comment! And I feel your guys pain... really sucks to go through something like this. :-(
@CollegeWolf Well I appreciate that. But, I don't think anyone has gone through anything quite like what Kings fans are going through at the moment.
A thoroughly miserable situation that can be only resolved one way: The Maloofs leaving. Ugh. Nothing good in this whole miserable mess.