“He can only have so many chances and something has to be done. And it’s time something has to be done.” Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their two game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Memphis. He did say that Cousins needed to do some “soul searching” and that he hopes that, “DeMarcus has a change of heart and joins up with full reinstatement, that’s really up to him and I hope that.”
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There are conflicting reports on whether DeMarcus Cousins demanded a trade.
However, there’s little doubt the young big does not fit with the Sacramento Kings. Cousins, who is not with the team, has a longstanding feud with coach Paul Westphal and doesn’t gel with guard Tyreke Evans.
Last year, he was suspended, reprimanded, and told by management to change. And the second year post supposedly came into the season in better spirits.
Unfortunately, GM Geoff Petrie is in a bind. Teams will lowball the Kings with trade offers, knowing they want to move Cousins and minimize the distraction.
Of course, Cousins is young, skilled, and was taken with a high lottery pick, so the Kings have much invested in him and will want something back.
Bottom line: this dispute could continue for some time.
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