Take a look at these numbers: 17-65, 25-57, 24-58, 22-44, 28-54 (twice), 29-53, 33-49. What do those numbers have in common? They are all the win-loss record for the Sacramento Kings, going back 8 years. Yeah, it’s that bad. But what’s even worse is that there doesn’t seem to be an exit off the road or mediocrity any time soon.
Despite all the losing, the Kings have never gotten higher than the fourth pick in the NBA draft since 1991. And despite all the losing, the only notable free agent the Kings have gotten recently is, what, Rajon Rondo?
And, despite ALL the losing, the only big trade the King have managed to pull off that has made their team at least a little better was the Rudy Gay trade. So, to recap, the Kings have been losing for YEARS and have absolutely nothing to show for it. They have only made one notable trade in recent memory. But now, it seems, it’s time to make another. It is time to trade DeMarcus Cousins.
It is their best chance to start the Kings in an upward direction after so many years of constant failure. It won’t come without me growing pains, though. DeMarcus IS their best player after all. One could even argue he is their ALL-TIME best player.
For his entire career with the Kings, he is averaging 20 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.3 assists. Although he is hot-headed at times, he is their vocal leader on and off the floor and is the only thing bright about a crippled basketball organization.
That’s exactly why they need to trade him. He is the ONLY person the Kings can get bauble assets for. And besides, once his contract is up I think it’s fair to say he will be looking for the exit door ASAP. Trading Rudy Gay might get you a decent draft pick and maybe a veteran type player, at max. But DeMarcus will bring enough pieces for Sacramento to start fresh with young guns and remake the team from scratch.
With no DeMarcus, the King will not be a contender right away. But the cycle of losing must end. And unless something changes, the trend will only continue. DeMarcus is the key. He is the only way to change to future of the basketball organization.
Who the Kings might actually trade him for is hard to say right now. Maybe they ship him off to Boston for a couple first rounders, Jaylen Brown, and Marcus Smart. They could trade him to the Thunder, for a Steven Adams or Enes Kanter package. Another scenario could include Cousins going to the Pacers for Myles Turner and a pick. The possibilities are endless here.
I could sit here and speculate all day but the point is, they must do SOMETHING. They must trade DeMarcus, who will likely bolt for the door the first chance he gets, for some fresh young pieces. Whether they play it smart and pull the trigger on a trade or keep him on in hopes he returns, the ball is ultimately in their court.
Years of filthy basketball and bottom seeded teams could be behind them is they'd only take the necessary step to get there.