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DeMarcus Cousins tweets he ‘absolutely’ wants to be with Kings

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SACRAMENTO, CA - MARCH 16: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings reacts after he was called for a foul against the Atlanta Hawks at Sleep Train Arena on March 16, 2015 in Sacramento, California. 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 Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

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George Karl reportedly wants the Kings to trade DeMarcus Cousins.

Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadivé seemingly don’t.

The Lakers and Celtics and surely many other teams, of course, would love for Sacramento to deal Cousins.

But what about Cousins? What does he want? Does he want to stay in Sacramento?

In theory, it doesn’t matter what Cousins wants. He’s under contract for three more years, and the Kings can trade him if they want to.

But in reality, it matters a great deal.

If Cousins is committed to Sacramento, that makes it easier for Divac and Ranadivé to resist a trade. The simplest route to those powerbrokers changing their minds is the situation between Cousins and Karl becoming untenable. As long as Cousins’ desire to remain a King trumps his distrust of Karl, it’s an easy choice to keep Cousins. (Is that second tweet another shot at Karl?)

However, don’t assume Cousins wants to remain a King just because he tweeted it. That means something. It hardly means everything.