Not all franchise players in the NBA are on the same page with management. According to ESPN, DeMarcus Cousins is confused by the Sacramento Kings strategy. The talented but sometimes troubled center does not understand some of the recent moves that the front office has been making as of late.
DeMarcus Cousins is currently in Las Vegas. He is practicing with Team USA to prepare for a gold medal run in the Olympics. The media loves to hover around these practices because it gives them the opportunity to interview players from all over the NBA to see if they can find a headline.
After practice on Monday, DeMarcus Cousins was approached by reporters. He was asked about the strategy that the Sacramento Kings have been employing. Cousins stated that he could only control what he could control, which is a sign that he is not pleased with what management has been doing to the roster.
Originally, the Sacramento Kings had the eight overall selection in the NBA Draft. However, general manager Vlade Divac decided to trade that pick to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for the 13th and 28th picks, as reported by SB Nation. Divac felt it would be better to bring in two prospects.
With the two picks, the Sacramento Kings chose Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere, both of whom are big men. There were not a lot of people that believed that Papagiannis was going to be chosen that early in the NBA Draft. Vlade Divac felt that it was worth the risk.
It is understandable that DeMarcus Cousins would be confused that the Sacramento Kings spent the 13th overall selection on Georgios Papagiannis. The two of them play the same position. It would seem a lot more logical for the Kings to improve the depth on the perimeter because Cousins already owns the starting center position.
DeMarcus Cousins probably wanted the Sacramento Kings to draft a point guard. Rajon Rondo signed with the Chicago Bulls in free agency, as reported by ESPN. Not only was he a starter for the Kings last season, but he was also a trusted ally for Cousins.
With Rajon Rondo now with the Chicago Bulls, the Sacramento Kings are more than likely going to lean on Darren Collison to become their starter at point guard. Though he is a talented player who can put up points, Collison is essentially the only depth that Sacramento has at the position
To their credit, the Sacramento Kings did attempt to build some depth in the backcourt via free agency. They acquired Garrett Temple and Arron Afflalo, two veterans who are solid but not spectacular. The Kings might have benefited more by adding a guard in the NBA Draft that they can groom to become a star.
For now, DeMarcus Cousins has to deal with a very crowded front court. In addition to the 6-foot-11 center, the Sacramento Kings also have Willie Cauley Stein, Kosta Koufos, Georgios Papagiannis, and Skal Labissiere on the roster.
With so many big men on the roster, there is speculation that Vlade Divac is stacking up the front court so that he can trade away DeMarcus Cousins. Lots of NBA teams would love to add someone as talented as Cousins to their roster. Along with Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond, Cousins is considered one of the best centers in the National Basketball Association.
Things between DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings do not seem to be all that great. A divorce seems imminent. Cousins did not put out the fire by questioning what the front office has been doing with the roster.
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