DeMarcus Cousins' name has been at the center of trade talks for over a year now, but the Sacramento Kings have yet to find a deal to their liking. That stance could change for the ownership group and general manager Vlade Divac as the 2016-17 season wears on as Cousins only has one year remaining on his contract after this season. If the team chooses not to trade Cousins by the trade deadline in February, it will likely have a significant impact on the value the Kings receiver in return for their best player.

Playoffs

The only way that DeMarcus Cousins remains with the Sacramento Kings through this season is if the Kings make a surprising push for a playoff spot.

The Kings haven't made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season and the ownership group is desperate to reach the postseason in the team's first year in its new arena. If Sacramento remains in the playoff race until February, there's a solid chance that Cousins stays put.

That being said, it would still be a risk that the Kings shouldn't take. Without a contract extension, Cousins' value will only go down from now until the end of his contract. Even if Sacramento somehow miraculously remains on the edge of the playoff race, Divac and the Kings' front office should still strongly consider trading DeMarcus as the assets the team gets in return will likely serve as the building blocks for the team's future.

MissPostseason

If the Sacramento Kings continue with their recent trend of poor play over the last decade, then it's a no-brainer for Divac to trade DeMarcus Cousins. As stated above, Cousins' value is only going to depreciate over the final two years of his contract which means the Kings would be best served to trade DeMarcus as soon as possible.

In the end, it makes zero sense for the Sacramento Kings to keep DeMarcus Cousins past the trade deadline in February unless the team has serious intentions of re-signing him. At this point, that doesn't seem to be the case so the minute the Kings fall out of the playoff picture, look for Cousins to become the biggest name on the trade block.

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