January 17, 2018, 5:09 am
The Kings are reportedly open to trading center Kosta Koufos according to Ailene Voisin of the Sacramento Bee.
Voisin also mentioned that Koufos’ representatives have recently met with Vlade Divac to discuss his future with the team. Divac is reportedly open to trading Koufos but only if sufficient value is coming back to Sacramento. Here’s the full quote below:
“He [Koufos] hears the whispers. His representatives recently met with Kings general manager Vlade Divac, who is open to a trade, but only if he receives value in return.”
Koufos is on the books for $8.3 million this season and has an $8.7 million player option for next season which makes his contract somewhat moveable, especially to a playoff team which may be seeking some frontcourt help.
Another interesting tidbit from the article:
“Though openly disappointed about Karl’s hasty demise and privately critical of DeMarcus Cousins’ disruptive presence, his adjustment was eased by the hiring of Joerger.”
George Karl was a big draw for Koufos in signing with the Kings as he spent time with Karl in Denver and liked what he brought to the table. Fortunately for Koufos, another familiar face in Dave Joerger came to town not long after Karl and that probably eased his mind.
Additionally, the note about Cousins in here can be taken either way. There were always rumblings here and there regarding Cousins and his locker room presence but they never seemed to gain much traction. The quote as a whole can probably be taken as a grain of salt at this point but it’s still an interesting little note.
With recent news of the Kings deploying the youth movement, moving a veteran like Koufos has become more likely. His time in Sacramento may be dwindling either way, whether he’s moved or plays out the rest of the season with the team, but one thing that is certain is the professionalism he has brought to the table during his time here.