1. Trading Cousins After He Re-Signs For $200 Million Would Have Been IMPOSSIBLE!
Earlier this month, Cousins talked about how he wanted to be with the Kings for his entire career and how he wanted to sign the “supermax”.
This would have made Cousins BY FAR the highest paid player in NBA history!
And do you really want to invest so much into a player who has not been able to co-exist with players and coaches? A player who has not been able to recruit any significant free agents to Sacramento?
It doesn’t really make much sense when you think about it that way, right?
If you commit to Cousins for another 5 years… and it doesn’t work out… then what?
Who on earth will want to trade for Cousins when he’s scheduled to make $200 MILLION!??!? The Kings lose even MORE leverage in trying to trade Cousins if that’s the case (not that they had much to begin with, but still).
And let’s not discount the “young-ish” pieces that the Kings will have over the next few years to build around, and the amount of cap space they’ll save by not being forced to re-sign Boogie.
The Kings have some guys. Some.
Their pick this year. The Pelicans pick this year. The Sixers 2nd round pick. Buddy Hield, Willie Cauley-Stein, Malachi Richardson and Ben McLemore (who has actually looked OKAY recently and will benefit from a bigger role)… AND sleeper player everyone has forgotten about: Bogdan Bogdanovic, who was traded by the Suns as part of the Marquese Chriss draft day trade. He’s currently in Europe, but I think he’s really gonna be a solid NBA player for the Kings when he finally chooses to join the Kings. And then there’s Skal Labissiere and their giant Greek guy Georgios Papagiannis. I’m not saying any of these guys will ever amount to anything significant in the NBA…
…but at least it’s a start.
At least the Kings finally have SOME direction now.
And if they screw it up this next “rebuild”, you won’t be able to blame Boogie for it.
The fingers will be pointed to Vlade and Vivek.