It’s looking like the Sacramento Kings won’t trade star DeMarcus Cousins, but that doesn’t mean the relationship between Cousins and head coach George Karl has improved all that much. In fact, Kings vice president Vlade Divac said the relationship is “not pretty right now” during a recent interview.
Divac was on “The Jim Rome Show” on CBS Sports Radio when he made the comment (via ESPN):
“Well, I’ll be honest with you, it’s not pretty right now, but I’m focused on bringing a better team this year and I think I did a pretty good job in this free agency and now I’m going to be focused on the two of them,” he said.
That certainly isn’t a great sign, although the plan is for them to work out their issues. Karl reportedly was the one pushing for Cousins to get traded, but management doesn’t have much interest in trading the team’s star player. There were some reported talks with the Los Angeles Lakers about a deal, but obviously nothing came to fruition.
The Kings had a rather busy offseason and could be better next season if things go right, but there’s always the chance that things fall apart, especially considering Rajon Rondo has now been thrown into this volatile mix. The relationship between Cousins and Karl will be something to monitor moving forward.