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Report: Kings, Suns talking DeMarcus Cousins trade

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The DeMarcus Cousins trade rumor mill is back up and running.

According to an article posted on ESPN.com’s NBA Rumor Central on Tuesday night, the Kings and Phoenix Suns have discussed a possible deal involving Cousins, renewing talk that the Kings’ three-time All-Star big man could be dealt. Earlier in January, reports surfaced that Cousins intended to sign a long-term contract extension with Sacramento.

ESPN.com’s article cited John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, who wrote that the Suns have offered forward T.J. Warren, center Alex Len and the team’s 2017 first-round draft pick, which is likely to be a top-10 selection with Phoenix residing at the bottom of the Western Conference.

Cousins, the reigning Western Conference Player of the Week who is averaging 28.4 points and 10.6 rebounds per game entering play Tuesday, was taken fifth overall by the Kings in the 2010 NBA draft. Sacramento has not made the playoffs since Cousins’ arrival and remains on the outside of the Western Conference playoff race this season.

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