What a freaking nut case. I thought this guy had the skills to be a complete stud in this league. And he does. But, he clearly has no sense of team orientation or self-restraint.
This guy has the skills/size combination to be one of the top 5 or so big men in the league. With the right work ethic and a good coach, he could be the centerpiece of a team.Now, I'm not saying we should trade for this guy, but I do think it's worth consideration. If the Kings are willing to allow his agent to speak with other teams, it would have to be worth talking to him. At least find out what his issue is with his role on the Kings. His value must be greatly diminished at this point. There's no way we could get that kind of talent infusion as cheap as he will likely come at this point. This is very much like the Ron Artest situation we faced.
I wouldn't give up anyone in the top 8-10 of our rotation. I wouldn't give up any first rounders, but maybe Jeff Pendergraph and a 2nd rounder. But, the chemistry and team identity hit we might take bringing on a guy like this could be devastating. Not to mention, he'd probably have to come off the bench. I get the feeling that Cousins would dominate Roy in practice (1-on-1 and 3-on-3) and not be willing to sit behind him on the bench. I think Roy would be ok with coming off the bench if we brought in a better vet, but bringing in a malcontent like Cousins and putting him in front of Roy would be a slap in the face that wouldn't sit well with me, and I'm all about stock piling talent.
I'd be interested in DeMarcus's reasoning for this sudden trade demand. If it's anything other than not liking the coach or losing, then he needs to shut up and play. If it's either of those reasons, I might take a chance on him. It could at least be a way to acquire a cheap asset that we could flip for greater value later in the season or this summer.