Just over four months after being introduced as head coach of the Sacramento Kings, George Karl is already wearing out his welcome. Yahoo Sport’s Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that Karl is doing everything in his power to convince Kings owner Vivek Ranadive to trade away All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins before the draft.
Karl reportedly isn’t keeping this secret either. He is trying to convince Vlade Divac, vice president of basketball operations as well as several of Cousins’ teammates to join him as well to present a united front to Ranadive.
Cousins is not in the dark about this news either, sending out this tweet last night:
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 23, 2015
Simply put, Karl is a snake in the grass.
Sacramento, who hold the sixth overall selection in the NBA Draft, would be crazy to trade Cousins. He is arguably the best center in the league at the moment and was unguardable last season, averaging 24.1 points and 12.7 rebounds. The 2014-15 season was easily the best year of his career, as all of his numbers went up en route to his first All-Star selection.
Cousins is also just 24 years old. His best years are ahead of him and he is clearly a franchise cornerstone.
Karl has long been known to butt heads with players on his team. Ray Allen clashed with Karl often in Milwaukee. Carmelo Anthony’s relationship with Karl soured in Denver before being traded to New York. Unlike Cousins, however, Allen and Anthony played under Karl for several seasons before the relationship went south.
It seems now that the relationship is beyond repair and Sacramento may be forced to pick a side, Karl, a head coach who has always been good, but never good enough to get his teams over the hump, or Cousins, a young star who is already the face of this franchise.
The Kings are in a nine-year playoff drought and have not won a championship since 1951, when the franchise was known as the Rochester Royals. Karl overplayed his hand here and it may cost him his job in the end if Cousins has his way.