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Could Vlade’s exit open the door for Boogie’s return?

With his enemies fallen, could an exiled King return to Sacramento?

I've gotten the question countless times over the past few years. Any time DeMarcus Cousins was available as a free agent, people would ask if the Kings would bring Boogie back. I always had the same response, that I just couldn't see it happening with Vlade still in charge.

DeMarcus Cousins held a grudge against Divac, who traded Cousins IN THE MIDDLE of the All-Star Game, just months before Cousins could have signed a supermax contract with the Kings. It's clear from interviews in recent years that the trade hurt Cousins beyond just the financial impacts. Cousins, for all of his many faults, loved the city of Sacramento.

So now, with Vlade and Grant Napear (Cousins' other biggest adversary) gone, would Boogie come back to Sacramento? I think it's far more likely than it was 6 months ago. That isn't to say it's necessarily a good idea for either side, but a reunion would no longer shock me.

There are plenty of reasons not to bring Cousins back. Injuries have hobbled him, raising concerns about his ability to keep pace with De'Aaron Fox. Cousins also has a well-earned reputation for his volatile temper, and a history of clashes with teammates.

But if Cousins was looking for a make-good contract with an opportunity to prove himself? The Kings could make sense for him. He's still beloved by a huge section of Kings fans, although there's another section that reviles him and will have my head on a spike for considering such a reunion.

For a basketball standpoint, Cousins is still a gifted passer, can score in the post, can draw fouls, and has a decent enough jumper that he doesn't clog the lane.

Will it happen? Probably not. But with Vlade and Napear out of the picture, it would no longer shock me if it did.

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MichaelMack
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August 17, 2020 11:08 am

I mean at this point, 2020 is a no good, very bad year, so why not sign Demarcus?

Its the kind of move a cheeky dismissive chap would make, some would say.

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August 17, 2020 11:09 am

Wait what? Why?

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August 17, 2020 11:33 am
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I guess maybe he could make Walton quit. So there’s that…

Gravymonkey34
August 17, 2020 11:09 am

Ugh, please no. I would say I was a Boogie fan… Until he left and I saw how much better it was watching the Kings play without him.

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August 17, 2020 11:24 am
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As evidenced by our many deep playoff runs since trading him.

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August 17, 2020 12:18 pm
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As opposed to all of those playoff appearances with him?

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August 17, 2020 12:23 pm
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33 wins in a season being the highest total with the Kings…and that was with the coach he despised the most.

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August 17, 2020 11:09 am

NOOOOOooooooo!!!!

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August 17, 2020 11:12 am

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TXKingsfan
August 17, 2020 11:12 am

Well, does he make the Kings better is the question? I’d suggest, to be their best they have to play fast and that’s obviously not Cousins’ game. So in that case, no.

Now if Fox ends up bye bye under new management, then possibly sign him up.

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August 17, 2020 11:13 am

I think you probably don’t do it because there’s so many potential disastrous outcomes. I will say there’s an outcome in which Boogie + Bagley is just crazy enough to work out. Cousins obviously has his flaws, but a lot of his skills are complimentary to Bagley’s skillset.

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August 17, 2020 11:53 am
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Offensively, they fit really well. You could have Cousins some decent high/low options with them, and when Marv does post, Cousins can spot up (not that Marv is ever going to pass out of the post). Cousins’ rebounding would cover Marv’s deficiencies too.

Defensively? Yeah, I don’t know about that.

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August 17, 2020 12:59 pm
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It’s one of those things that shouldn’t be done, but would be fun to watch. I think Cousins kinda gets knocked for his defense more than he should. He was technically a good defender. He just took way too many plays off. Obviously effort is a big part of defense, but I think it’s relevant that Cousins is technically a capable defender when engaged.

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August 17, 2020 2:02 pm
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I think if you sign Cousin’s, it’s probably mostly in hopes that you can get him on a cheap deal with a team option. Then if he plays we’ll, you could trade him for assets next offseason or at the deadline. I don’t think you do it thinking Cousins will be part of the team moving forward.

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August 17, 2020 2:25 pm

I agree. I just think there may be some value in seeing Bagley playing alongside a player like Boogie. I fully realize this is just kind of a gut instinct thing.

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August 17, 2020 11:14 am

Greg ruined my day.

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August 17, 2020 11:20 am
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August 17, 2020 11:14 am

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August 17, 2020 12:06 pm
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August 17, 2020 12:11 pm
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August 17, 2020 11:23 am

For a minimum deal, I’d have no problem bringing Cousins home. I’d love watching him and Fox running the offense and running pick & rolls.

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August 17, 2020 11:42 am
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Sarcasm? Cousins is a disgusting human being, on and off the court. How could anyone want this guy back? Greg must have just been trolling.

The only thing Cuz has done for Sac Kings is flush out Grant. Fuck Cousins, then and now.

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August 17, 2020 11:50 am
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DMC backs down from no-one!

At least, when they’re smaller or lying on the ground.
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August 17, 2020 12:59 pm
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No. He’s not a disgusting human being.

This sort of comment is ridiculous.

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August 17, 2020 2:49 pm
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Well, he only THREATENED to kill his girlfriend, he didn’t actually do it. Guess it’s probably fine.

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August 17, 2020 3:39 pm
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I’m going to roll with “really bad guy to be around,” which I think is more than fair.

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August 17, 2020 3:59 pm
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Exactly what Otis said, and other items his been accused of. Not to mention how he treated reporters, fans, etc. At the least, he’s an angry person and a dick. My comment was the opposite of ridiculous. There is a liteniny of gross things Cuz has done.

Anyone who cant see that should remove blindfold.

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August 17, 2020 4:51 pm
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Recd for “liteniny.” That’s some callback Evan Meacham shit, right there.

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August 17, 2020 12:21 pm
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For a minimum deal, wouldn’t he find at least one playoff team that would want him? And if the answer to that is no, then I wouldn’t want him, either.

He’d fit pretty well behind Jokic on a one year, make good deal. Play for Malone again, give Jokic some needed time off in what promises to be a compressed season.

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August 17, 2020 11:42 am

Please don’t Boo-gie.

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August 17, 2020 11:44 am
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August 17, 2020 11:49 am

Can it really get any worse?

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August 17, 2020 12:01 pm
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I’d like to fast forward through 2020 thanks. No re-runs!
Cousin’s can not carry a team

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August 17, 2020 12:12 pm

Kill the fattened calf and rejoice, for what was lost is now found. It’s time to come home Dearest DeMarcus.

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August 17, 2020 12:14 pm
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I don’t even want him back, but you put it so eloquently that I’m second guessing myself.

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August 17, 2020 12:16 pm

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

Deep breathe.

Ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahbavababbababababahahahahahahahahahaja.

I feel better now.

Ahahahahahaha.

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August 17, 2020 12:28 pm

DMC was at odds with Vlade? that’s a new one for me

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August 17, 2020 1:03 pm
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Vlade and Vivek went from assuring Boogie he would get a max deal in Sac to trading him. Cousins lost hundreds of millions of dollars. Maybe he didn’t deserve said money, but he still expected it based on his conversations with the FO.

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August 17, 2020 1:15 pm
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oooooooooh yeah, I had completely forgotten about that. yeah. wow.

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August 17, 2020 12:38 pm

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August 17, 2020 12:39 pm

Say What?

Oh hell no!

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August 17, 2020 12:51 pm

Covid, murder hornets, record-breaking heatwaves, Cousins back on the Kings. It like a scene from a disaster flick.

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August 17, 2020 12:58 pm
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Here in San Jose, even after the heatwave is scheduled to end on Wednesday night, it will still be pretty hot the days following…

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August 17, 2020 1:16 pm
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Sac, too.

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August 17, 2020 1:03 pm
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Sac State should embrace the Killer Hornets .. Stingers Up!

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August 17, 2020 1:23 pm
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Fire Tornadoes….

Fire Vlade…….

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August 17, 2020 12:57 pm

Greg, I think you just had to say what some people have thought. I don’t see a compelling reason on either end to reunite. I still like Boogie and hope he still has some good years ahead, but a big coming off of consecutive serious injuries doesn’t do a lot for me.

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August 17, 2020 1:24 pm

BREAKING: KINGS BRING BACK BIG MAN FROM PAST. GEORGIOS PAPAGIANNIS MAKES RETURN TO FARM TO FORK CAPITAL.

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August 17, 2020 6:08 pm
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I hear he has really transformed his body since returning to Europe.

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August 17, 2020 1:28 pm

Only way I would want Boogie back is if we decide to tank. Say we decide to blow it up and start over with draft capital, Boogie could be a friendly face to help lead the team.

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August 17, 2020 1:45 pm
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You mean a friendly face like in the pics RikSmits posted earlier in this thread?

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August 17, 2020 4:55 pm
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Even I’m not buying that shit.

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August 17, 2020 1:51 pm

I’m almost positive Cousins gripes with the organization involved Vivek as well as Vlade

i thought Cousins labeled Vivek a €œcoward€ too, and spoke of how Vivek asked him about personnel moves a few weeks before Cousins was traded.

its too laborious for me to look that up though

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August 17, 2020 6:09 pm
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Maybe he can get Vivek to step down!!

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August 17, 2020 2:32 pm

No

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August 17, 2020 3:47 pm

Greg ruined my Vlade and Grant free offseason.

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August 17, 2020 4:05 pm

Sure, why not. It’s not like the Kangz don’t have enough cancer running through their body already.

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August 17, 2020 5:03 pm

Look – if we’re really gonna burn this MF’er down to bedrock, then I want the biggest, baddest, most effective accelerant available on the market, so that the flame burns hotter and longer.

Ain’t nobody out there better for that than Boogie.

Dude may as well be wearing around a jersey that says “Kingsford”.

Git’R Done.

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August 17, 2020 5:41 pm

Would be a very kangzy move.

It’s possible.

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August 17, 2020 10:25 pm

Boogie, IT, Rudy bench mob!

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August 18, 2020 12:38 am

Everyone in this room is now dumber for having read this. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.

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August 18, 2020 8:21 am

Agreed. This comment wins the internet and should conclude this inane discussion.

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August 20, 2020 11:14 pm

Thanks man. I’ve never won the Internet before and it is even more amazing that I thought it would be.

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August 18, 2020 10:19 am

Does Cousins actually play basketball anymore?

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August 18, 2020 12:27 pm

I sincerely hope this article was tossed up just for the purposes of knocking it back down. This would be a horrible decision.

To me it’s obvious what the Kings need to do. Ink Bogdanovic to an extension, if he’s willing. Anoint him and Fox as the backcourt core. Jettison Hield and Bagley in a package for anything remotely of value. Entertain all offers for the assorted scraps that make up the rest of the roster.

Bagley should be traded while he still has some semblance of value; hopefully it’s enough to get somebody to take on Hield’s contract.

Start anew, hopefully with a competent GM. Draft best player available, but keep your fingers crossed that it’s a front court difference maker.

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August 18, 2020 8:25 pm

It’s the End Of Days…

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August 20, 2020 11:56 am

I am clearly in the minority, but seeing Boogie back on the Kings might be really fun.

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