"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him."
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Deny, deny, and deny again.
Forget their public statements because the Sacramento Kings would consider a fair offer for disgruntled post DeMarcus Cousins.
After all, the second year man, while talented, is too emotional. In his sixteen month pro career, Cousins has clashed with teammates, coaches, and assistant coaches.
Cutting ties is an option, however, the key word is fair.
But to get fair or equal value in a trade, the Kings must appear to have little interest in moving Cousins. Putting him out on the trading block would result in opposing GMs lowballing the Kings.
Expect the Kings and Cousins to play nice until another GM makes that fair offer.
Of course, there's a twist. Cousins' main issue is with coach Paul Westphal, who is a lame-duck sideline boss in the final year of his contract.
Westphal is on shaky ground, and perhaps he leaves before Cousins.
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