It started as simple question during last season’s NBA lockout. John Wall was asked who was the better center, his old teammate at Kentucky, Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, or his then-teammate, JaVale McGee.
The look on Wall’s face suggested that the questioner had to be joking.
“Oh, DeMarcus,” Wall said without hesitation.
Now Wall has Nene patrolling the paint instead of McGee, a change Wall was happy about at last year’s trading deadline, but once again, the rumors about Cousins possibly coming to D.C. to team up with Wall, one of his best friends, have cropped up again.
According to USA Today’s Sam Amick, Cousins might be interested in coming to come to D.C. and playing with Wall.
Amick reports: “Specifically, two people close to the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation said a trade to the Washington Wizards would be considered ideal for Cousins and Fegan because Cousins could rejoin former Kentucky teammate and fellow [Dan] Fegan client, point guard John Wall. The Wizards, who are known to have expressed recent interest in Cousins, have been told by the Kings that they have no intention of trading him.”
The Kings continue to deny that they’re interested in trading Cousins, their talented but troubled star. But Amick is reporting that multiple sources have confirmed that Sacramento management has made some calls trying to gauge the interest in Cousins. But, Amick reports, the asking price for Cousins, “is way too high right now,” said one opposing general manager.
Cousins recently returned from a suspension after a halftime tirade directed at Kings coach Keith Smart on Dec. 21 against the Los Angeles Clippers. Initially, the suspension was an indefinite, but Cousins was reinstated on Dec. 24. by the team’s owners.
The USA Today report adds that Cousins is considered a prize by the team’s owners, Joe and Gavin Maloof, but the Kings management isn’t nearly as high on Cousins as the owners are, and are growing weary of his immaturity and his antics.
If anyone can help keep Cousins in line, it could be Wall, whom Cousins respects. But at present, Wizards team sources will not confirm that the team has expressed any interest in Cousins.