DeMarcus Cousins: Why Volatile Big Man Will Eventually Be Traded

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 14, 2013

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 30: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings waits during a free-throw against the Boston Celtics during the game on January 30, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Players like DeMarcus Cousins don't stick around a losing franchise.

That's why it's only a matter of time before the Kings trade him, whether they are in Sacramento or Seattle.

Cousins' time with the Kings has not been smooth-sailing. In addition to getting suspended for one game by the team after a halftime argument with head coach Keith Smart, he's also been suspended for confronting San Antonio Spurs broadcaster, and former NBA player, Sean Elliott and striking Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo below the belt during a game this season.

That's not to mention the ejection for elbowing the Mavericks' Vince Carter during a game or the myriad of volatile sound bites he has provided in Sacramento.

The Kings are tempted to hold on to Cousins at the moment, primarily because, well, he's a very talented young player. He's averaging 17.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals, while shooting 45 percent from the floor this season.

But while there hasn't been much drama between Cousins and the Kings since the incident with Smart, it's only a matter of time before Cousins blows up again.

The fact of the matter is, Cousins is on a young team that isn't winning. That's the perfect storm when you have a volatile player like Cousins. The 22-year-old may mature down the line, but he's certainly not going to round out on a team without many veterans. His competitive nature tends to make him a sore loser as well.

But you put him on a veteran-laden team with a history of winning (like the Dallas Mavericks) and you have a possible fit for the hot-headed big man.

If Cousins is ever going to become a more even-keeled individual, on and off the court, it appears he is going to need some mentoring. Smart tried but ultimately failed to get through to Cousins. Perhaps well-respected veteran players can get through to him.

In any case, the Kings don't offer what Cousins needs to harness all of his talent productively. It's best for everyone involved for them to deal him to a team with the right ingredients.


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