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Kings GM Vlade Divac insists trading DeMarcus Cousins ‘off the table’

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SACRAMENTO, CA - OCTOBER 30: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings reacts after teammates Rajon Rondo #9 made a three-point basket against the Los Angeles Lakers at Sleep Train Arena on October 30, 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 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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A few teams may (or may not) badly want the Kings to trade DeMarcus Cousins.

All indications are Sacramento won’t budge on dealing the center, but in case you want it straight from the horse’s mouth…

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Kings general manager Vlade Divac was adamant this week when he told that Cousins is “off the table.”

Cousins is very productive, on a relatively reasonable contract that runs two more seasons after this one and just 25.

Of course, the Kings should be reluctant to trade him. Players like him don’t come around very often. They’ve made him their centerpiece, and they’re trying to build a roster around him.

But as long as that plan continues to fail – they’re 141-279 since drafting him – trade rumors will persist. The closer we get to his 2018 free agency, unless the Kings’ fortunes turn for the better, they might have to re-think their stance.

For now, Sacramento is probably correct to keep attempting to give him sufficient support to win. Having Cousins is a big head start.

The Kings must capitalize on his presence, though.