Update [7:40pm]: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s James Ham wrote an update to the DeMarcus Cousins situation. To the surprise of many observers, he upgraded the likelihood of a major trade happening this week.
No deal is imminent, but according to a person with knowledge of the situation, talks between the Kings and the Pelicans took place over the weekend and there is a 50/50 chance that something will materialize before Thursday’s NBA trade deadline.
Meanwhile. Adrian Wojnarowski posted a series of updates Sunday evening, strongly hinting that the Kings are close to a move on Cousins. The involved teams are unnamed.
Sacramento's been fully engaged in trade talks centered on DeMarcus Cousins with multiple teams on Sunday, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
Sources: Sacramento has told at least one team it's been eliminated from consideration on a Cousins deal because Kings have better offer.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
Other teams with interest in a Cousins deal are no longer getting calls returned from Kings management tonight, sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
The Vertical’s Chris Mannix reports that the Kings may not be looking for a star in return anymore.
Kings have not been seeking equal value in Cousins deal, source tells @TheVertical. Young talent, draft picks, expiring contracts primarily.— Chris Mannix (@ChrisMannixYS) February 20, 2017
Despite recent statements of loyalty to Sacramento by DeMarcus Cousins, the Kings may be considering their options. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports and The Vertical reported Sunday that the Kings are engaging in trade talks. The Kings later replied to Wojnarowski and have denied any plans to trade Cousins.
Sacramento has been engaging in trade talks on All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in recent days, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 19, 2017
(1 of 2) Agent Jarinn Akana tells @TheVertical: "We met w/ Vlade and ownership and they assured us and DeMarcus that he's not being traded."— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 19, 2017
Only one team has been mentioned as a target by Wojnarowski: The New Orleans Pelicans, who would presumably want to pair him with their own All-Star, Anthony Davis.
Kings have had recent discussions with New Orleans on Cousins, sources tell @TheVertical. Sac still debating Cousins' future internally.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 19, 2017
Pelicans have made trade inquiries on DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George, per league sources. Talks have progressed further on Cousins.— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) February 19, 2017
This is not the first murmur about Cousins’ availability. Ric Bucher at the Bleacher Report noted that the Kings had recent discussions with the Orlando Magic.
However, like many rumors at the trade deadline, this may be much ado about nothing, as Sacramento could simply be checking their options. Multiple reporters have stated this since Woj’s report.
I’m told that the Kings have been willing to listen for godfather offers, which is normal. Strong belief is he is staying and re-signing.— Aaron Bruski (@aaronbruski) February 19, 2017
I'm told DeMarcus Cousins (still) is not being traded, even as teams inquire about his availability. Nothing's changed— Jason Jones (@mr_jasonjones) February 19, 2017
There have been no rumors of interest from the Portland Trail Blazers so far. Portland has three first-round draft picks, along with multiple large contracts that could be used for matching. However, the Kings have only shown recent interest in one of those players: Allen Crabbe, whom they reportedly pursued in free agency last summer before he signed an offer from the Brooklyn Nets.
The 76ers, Nets and Kings are among the teams interested in Portland restricted free agent Allen Crabbe, sources say.— Ian Begley (@IanBegley) June 29, 2016
After having his contract offer matched by the Blazers, Allen Crabbe has a no-trade clause during the current season. He can decline any trade that displeases him. The Blazers’ other recent signings, Festus Ezeli, Evan Turner, Meyers Leonard and Moe Harkless, do not have any such control over their fate. Unless a third team (such as Philadelphia) could facilitate a transaction, CJ McCollum cannot be moved due to his impending raise. These scenarios are covered in our recent article recapping the trade possibilities available to the Blazers.
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