In the wake of his mid-season appointment as coach of the Sacramento Kings, George Karl fanned a low flame that’s burned bright ever since by suggesting that his team might trade franchise cornerstone DeMarcus Cousins.
“I’ve had some great players and I’ve never had one player that I have said is untradeable,” he told CSN Bay Area’s Bill Herenda last April. “You always got to be ready for the possibility of a great trade that could come your way.”
Karl isn’t crazy.
Before taking over with the Kings, he coached stars like Carmelo Anthony, Ray Allen, and Gary Payton. Cousins isn’t on the level of those luminaries quite yet, and certainly wasn’t toward the tail end of last season. The notion that Sacramento would consider trading him if the right deal came along was especially understandable considering the manner in which his lumbering style clashed with Karl’s uptempo coaching ethos.
No matter for logic, though. Cousins took that perfectly reasonable soundbite personally and some media members were quick to chastise the veteran coach for his supposedly hot-button remarks, a combination of factors that led to the offseason friction that still plagues Sacramento today.
But ask yourself this: What player in the NBA is truly untradeable?