Why didn't the Mavericks attempt a trade for DeMarcus Cousins?
12:09, Feb 20, 2017
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Wojnarowski says one reason the Kings were motivated to trade Cousins now is because they were in danger of losing a top-10 protected pick to the Bulls. But the supermax contract provision in the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement seemingly took that off the table. He has always been tabbed as a loose cannon and someone who believes too much in his own ideas over the common sense of his lieutenants, but now he has dealt the franchise centerpiece, with no marquee returning piece, and done so after telling Cousins they wouldn't be trading him.
The Kings need to cut a player before they can officially make the Cousins trade, and Barnes is an obvious candidate-an older player who is struggling in Sacramento and doesn't seem to fit their new rebuild plans.
Maybe A.D. was telling Cousins how it was going to feel to break Wilt Chamberlain's All-Star Game scoring record, which he did in the fourth quarter.
Cousins and Davis played one season of college basketball apiece at Kentucky - Cousins in 2009-2010 and Davis in 2011-2012. Is that too much to match Cousins up with Eric Bledsoe and still maintain some flexibility on the trade market? He prioritized getting a center so Davis could play more at power forward. And to get a player of Cousins caliber, the Pels did what they had to do.
Clearly, New Orleans was willing to bet on that. The former Wildcat was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway.
But the Kings chose to move on without him, having not made the playoffs since taking Cousins with the No. 5 pick in the 2010 draft.
Cousins' agent Jarinn Akana told ESPN as well that the all-star center would most likely decline to sign a contract extension in the Summer with any team that trades for him. They could also own Memphis' or the Los Angeles Clippers first-round pick in 2019. But they couldn't trade their pick this season because it belongs to the Philadelphia 76ers, unless it's in the top three picks.
"I don't think they would have done the trade without a lot of confidence they could re-sign him", a source with knowledge of the Pelicans' thinking said. The Kings drafted Jimmer Fredette over Klay Thompson in 2011, Thomas Robinson over Damian Lillard in 2012, Ben McLemore over Kentavious Caldwell-Pope in 2013, Nik Stauskas in 2014, Willie Cauley-Stein over Emmanuel Mudiay in 2015, and a pair of centers in 2016. But, it's a good bet that the March 31st game against the Kings will be must-see as well. Sac still debating Cousins' future internally.
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