Kings owner confirms George Karl tried to trade DeMarcus Cousins

Finally, someone is on the record confirming that former Sacramento Kings coach George Karl indeed tried to get DeMarcus Cousins traded in the summer of 2015. In an interview with USA Today's Sam Amick, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive confirmed what was reported 16 months ago.

"You know, look, George had tried to trade Cousins that whole summer, and there was not a lot of love between those two, and so there was tension there," Ranadive said.

George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins
George Karl and DeMarcus Cousins never got along. USATSI

It's nice that Ranadive actually acknowledged something that everybody around the NBA knew about. What I wish he'd explained, though, is the Kings' rationale for keeping both Karl and Cousins around after that fiasco.

You'd think that when a franchise player calls his coach a snake in the grass with emojis on Twitter, that would be the end of their working relationship. Instead, Sacramento tried to pretend that everything was fine, and while it almost fired Karl during the regular season, it ended up letting him stay until it was all over. This was not healthy for the team, and it ended up being yet another a wasted season.

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James Herbert is somewhat fond of basketball, feature writing and understatements. A former season-ticket holder for the expansion Toronto Raptors, Herbert does not think the NBA was better back in the... Full Bio

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