April 30, 2016 | 11:21 am EDT Update
Under contract for the next two seasons and in the prime of his career, Cousins’ value remains high. However, if the Kings want to move the All-Star, this summer would be the time to do so. Waiting until next year or even during the season would lead to diminishing assets in return. Teams were scared off by the expiring contracts of Al Horford and Dwight Howard this past trade deadline. The Kings would be wise to avoid the same fate.
“There wasn’t a group from the start of the season,” said Belinelli. ‘Karl didn’t want Cousins and Cousins didn’t want Karl as coach. It’s pretty hard to play well in a situation like that. At the beginning it looked like Ranadive was the man calling the shots but then Divac came in, trying to be the peacemaker between Cousins and Karl”.
“You don’t expect us to win, right?” Davis said, referring to the semifinal matchup with the Warriors. One by one, the journalists shook their heads, offered a quiet “no” or blurted out a laugh. “We have nothing to lose,” Davis said. “If we go out and get swept, that’s what everyone is expecting. So that’s how we’ve got to play it. Just give it all we’ve got … and see what happens. But we really have nothing to lose. Because all y’all expect us to lose. The only people who believe that we are going to win it are the 15 people on the roster and the coaching staff. We’re going to fight until the end.”
“We thought this team was tough without CP and Blake,” Lillard said of the Clippers. “That’s a championship team. Even without Steph, they’re still a championship team. So we’ve got to keep our mind right, compete, play together. We can’t be worried about who’s not out there, because we just watched them beat Houston by 25 twice without Steph. We’ve just got to keep improving on things we’ve done well and be locked in for that series.”