Kings should trade away Cousins

If the Kings deal DeMarcus Cousins, they can start to build a winning culture

Updated: May 17, 2013, 2:45 AM ET
By Amin Elhassan | ESPN Insider

DeMarcus CousinsRuss Isabella/USA TODAY SportsThe new Kings owners will be better off building for the future without DeMarcus Cousins.

Although only 22 years old, DeMarcus Cousins is already at a major crossroads in his young career. 

And now that the decision has been made that the Sacramento Kings are staying put, they have another huge decision to make: whether to keep Cousins.

On July 1, the Kings can begin negotiations on Cousins' rookie scale extension, which can potentially keep him with the franchise through 2019. If the team and Cousins don't reach an agreement by Oct. 31, Cousins will enter the summer of 2014 as a restricted free agent.

So the team and Cousins have some big decisions ahead.

Based on what we've seen from him, and the likely difficulty of the upcoming negotiations, the franchise's decision should be clear: It's time to trade Cousins.

Before an organization trades away a player, particularly a potential franchise player, it must answer several questions. In the case of Cousins, the team should look at his talent, his potential, his behavior and the potential trade market.