Dec 13th, 2016 update
Kings ownership is unwilling to give away arguably the top center in the game for what amounts to a handful of young guys and the promise of future draft picks that amount to a handful of magic beans. Sure, the Kings could land someone new in the draft, but they are invested in Cousins and believe the best scenario for them is to build around him, even if there is risk somewhere down the road. As one source close to the situation said recently, “If you know the return is bad, why make the deal?” And the Kings know the return is bad.
Dec 9th, 2016 Updates
Sources with knowledge of Sacramento’s thinking say the Kings believe it’s still on the too-soon side to seriously entertain the idea of parting with Cousins, even with the clock ticking toward the final season of Cousins’ four-year max extension from 2013 and his unrestricted free agency in the summer of 2018.
Interested teams out there, of course, continue to contend that Sacramento will be staring at the unavoidable prospect of yet another sub-40-win season come February. The Kings will then ultimately feel compelled, along the lines of such thinking, to submit to the suggestion that it’s wisest to part with Cousins before he enters his contract year, since keeping him beyond February could theoretically make it even tougher on them to get something resembling equal value for the polarizing big man.
“I talk to management a lot,” Cousins told ESPN.com. “We’re on the same page. I’m not worried about it. To know that you’re wanted throughout the league … I’d be worried if nobody wanted me. Then I’d have a situation on my hands. But I’m happy where I am. I’m happy with this team. I’m in a great place.”
Dec 8th, 2016 Updates
There is reason to believe the Mavs might have a shot at Cousins when he hits the free agency market in the summer of 2018. He can talk all he wants about how much he loves Sacramento, but nobody outside of California’s capital city actually believes he wants to sign another contract with the Kings.
The Mavs made a pretty transparent attempt to butter up Boogie by bringing his younger brother, Jaleel, to training camp and signing him to the D-League Texas Legends. They also have a good relationship with Cousins’ agent, Dan Fegan, although that didn’t pay off when they recruited his previous clients Dwight Howard and DeAndre Jordan.