Many might view DeMarcus Cousins as likeliest trade candidate on the Sacramento Kings.
Not only does Cousins want to stick with the team, the honor might belong to Rudy Gay.
Gay still wants out. He says little, but he has not wavered. Cousins wants to stay and retains strong backing from principal owner Vivek Ranadive. And while Cousins again is among the league leaders in technicals and appears to be gaining weight, so far there have been no locker room outbursts directed at teammates or his head coach.
Gay preferring to go elsewhere isn’t a shock. He was an odd fit from the start, a guy who didn’t fit in with the offense Sacramento runs. He isn’t causing drama for the team, but everyone knows he is one of the early favorites to get dealt before or at the deadline this year.
Cousins? Maybe not. This is a rare bit of insight into the situation surrounding the league’s best center, as most haven’t known if he wants to keep being the focal point of a rebuild or go somewhere else.
It might not matter at the end of the day, as few franchises would give up what is required to rip Cousins from the Kings, especially knowing he will hit free agency in a few years.
At the least, it has to be good for the fans and Kings to have it suggested Cousins wants to stick around and help.