CLEVELAND — Sacramento GM Geoff Petrie said despite what you’re hearing, the Kings have no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins.
Kings coach Keith Smart followed by saying that is great news.
“We’ve got a talented young player who’s 22 (years old),” Smart said prior to the Kings’ game Wednesday at Cleveland. “You don’t just put that on the curbside.”
Cousins is the Kings starting center. He leads the team in scoring (16.5 ppg), rebounding (9.7 rpg) and is a potential All-Star candidate in just his fourth NBA season.
But after a shouting match with Smart during a game several weeks ago, and an ensuing one-game suspension, Cousins suddenly became a trade candidate, too. At least, he did if you believe everything you read.
But on New Year’s Day, Petrie insisted Cousins isn’t going anywhere. Smart echoed those sentiments.
“You’ve got to grow that young man into being a very productive player for your team, and a productive person for your organization,” Smart said. “What was said publicly … we all know what’s going on behind the scenes.”
Behind the scenes, Smart insisted, everything with Cousins has been resolved. That alone, said the coach, is enough reason to keep Cousins and see what transpires.