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DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors finally feel real and imminent, NBA execs tell SN

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You may be forgiven if you have met the latest round of rumors around Kings center DeMarcus Cousins with a shrug and a yawn. After all, we've heard five years of Cousins trade rumors, and "Boogie" is still in Sacramento, leaving behind a trail of suitors who never really got that close to a deal.

But take heart, because there’s reason to think that by the time February’s trade deadline comes around, Cousins will no longer be with the Kings — and a move could come in the first half of December. That’s the speculation among front office executives around the league, at least.

“I’d say they have three months, tops,” one Western Conference general manager told Sporting News, requesting anonymity because he is not allowed to speak about other teams' players. “Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the (February trade) deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”

The Kings don’t want to give up on this season just yet, certainly not with a new coach in Dave Joerger and point guard Darren Collison now returning to the rotation. The Kings have five straight home games (though all against top-tier teams) beginning Wednesday and running through Thanksgiving. If they flop in that stretch, league executives expect changes to follow.


11.14.2016 19:33
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