DeMarcus Cousins Benching Should Move Sacramento Kings to Trade Center

March 16, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward DeMarcus Cousins (15) looks to the basket against Boston Celtics power forward Kevin Garnett (5) during the third quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Boston Celtics 120-95. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

The Sacramento Kings are in shambles following yet another DeMarcus Cousins breakdown Friday night.

As Pro Basketball Talk pointed out, there was friction in the locker room before the game, but it seems as if tempers boiled over during halftime of Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

From the Sacramento Bee:

Smart on why Cousins didn’t play in the second half:

“It was conduct detrimental to the team and we left it at.”

Smart on if Cousins would play Sunday against Portland:

“I’m going to focus on tonight and then I’ll move forward to the next day.”

Cousins said he “was in the wrong” during halftime.

Cousins was then asked what he could do to avoid further situations where attention was on his actions off the court.

“Don’t talk back. That’s the thing. I shouldn’t have responded back. Should have accepted what was said and stayed quiet.”

Cousins said the situation was humbling.

“I messed up. I’m apologizing to all my teammates for it, for responding the way I did, and we’ll move on from it…I grow from all of my mistakes.”

But this isn’t the first time Cousins has butted heads with a member of his team. Cousins has had multiple encounters on, and off the court while in Sacramento, including a locker room fight with a teammate in 2011. What Cousins, and Tyreke Evans, need is a change of scenery.

And, while we here at KJG proposed a trade last week that would involve Brandon Bass from the Boston Celtics, this trade would be the most beneficial to all parties.

What the Kings would receive: Avery Bradley, Ian Mahinmi and Tyler Hansbrough

Sacramento gets a young, flourishing defensive stopper in Bradley, a center to replace Cousins and energy off the bench in Hansbrough.

What the Boston Celtics would receive: DeMarcus Cousins and D.J. Augustin

Boston gets their franchise big man in Cousins and a suitable replacement behind Rajon Rondo. This would allow Courtney Lee to move into the starting position and it would move Leandro Barbosa into a Sixth Man spot.

What the Indiana Pacers would receive: Tyreke Evans, Jason Terry, Fab Melo, first rounder from Boston and a second rounder from Sacramento

Indiana would get Evans, who is trying to reignite his career after falling out of favor in Sacramento, Terry to lead the bench and a developing center in Melo.

Let me know what you think in the comment section below.

Tags: Boston Celtics DeMarcus Cousins Indiana Pacers Sacramento Kings

  • David Echard

    Iam Glad your not Geoff Petrie! On the other hand you could be reading his mind. Neither trade benefits the Kings. A bunch of role players, another rookie, and a vet on the way out. Great trade ensuring our Top 10 lottery positioning for the next 5 years.

    • Raj Prashad

      Bradley was a starter with Boston until his shoulder injury and one of the best up-and-coming defensive guards, Mahinmi is signed for 4 years and Hansbrough would be an energy guy for a year and someone they could consider bringing back. Also they’d get a first rounder. But so so so so terrible for a guy that can’t stay on the floor and an overrated point guard.

  • andrew

    Awful trade for the Kings, not feasible at all. So you want the Kings to give up studs in Cousins and Evans and get back a completely unproven Avery Bradley, Ian Mahinmi and Tyler Hansbrough? Plus you have them throwing in a 2nd round pick to top it off!!! Sorry man, makes no sense.

    • Raj Prashad

      A 2ND ROUNDER?! MY GOODNESS THAT WOULD BE A HALL OF FAMER! 2nd rounders rarely pan out, so it would just look good on paper. And AB started most of the second half for Boston, while Mahinmi and Hansbrough would be fillers for now. Bradley and the first rounder they receive would be the chunk of the deal.

  • Smoov3

    Raj you gotta be out your stupid mind and a Boston fan to give up your two best players for bench guys and a player coming back off injury. Them ain’t even top 30 players. And I’m a avid basketball fanatic and I don’t see this benfiting none of the teams.

  • yourcommentisgarbage

    avery bradley is a top defender and the kings need change Evans is overrated and useless on your team… Cousins is not working out you need some veteran to smack some sense into him! Boston celtics make it happen give bass, lee (struggling but he is talented on offense) and Melo/Sullinger and a 1st rounder