There’s a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term.
Yet it’s believed that the Maloofs just aren’t ready yet to entertain the idea of parting with the mercurial center before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, not even after Cousins got suspended for turning on perhaps his biggest non-Maloof supporter in the organization by arguing so heatedly last weekend with Kings coach Keith Smart.
Stay tuned, though. Cousins told USA Today’s Sam Amick earlier this week that he won’t be pushing for a trade, but Cousins’ new agent — Dan Fegan — has a contentious history with Petrie after the Kings passed on Ricky Rubio to select Tyreke Evans in the 2009 draft. Trade speculation involving Cousins, now that Steve Nash has returned to calm the Trade Pau hysteria in Lakerland for the moment, is bound to be new favorite sport in 2013 in the slice of the Twitterverse devoted to the NBA.
Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Rest assured there will be more.
I have to admit, it’s not the world’s most surprising news that the size-starved Celtics (or anyone else, for that matter) are interested in the 6-foot-11, 270-pound, 22-year old averaging 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds, even if he shoots an abominable (for a big man) 41.2 percent and has more suspensions under his belt than the kid who used to smoke weed in plain view of teachers in the back of class at my high school.
I’m in favor of most potential trades for Cousins that don’t include Avery Bradley. Once Bradley starts being included, my thoughts turn to, “Mehhhh” and “Well, just how crazy is he?”