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Vlade Divac confirms the Sacramento Kings will not trade DeMarcus Cousins

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The Sacramento Kings are ready to embark on a new dawn after appointing Dave Joerger as their new head coach and introducing him on Tuesday.

Joerger becomes the team's ninth coach in the last 10 years and the Kings will now be looking for some much-needed stability with the former Memphis Grizzlies man.

A playoff berth will be the main target for the 42-year-old as the franchise hasn't reached the postseason since 2006.  

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That goal is more likely to be achieved with All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins remaining in Sacramento. The big man has been the topic of trade rumours every summer for the last couple of years and with two years remaining on his current deal, they are only likely to intensify this offseason.

However, Kings fans will have nothing to fear as general manager Vlade Divac has confirmed they have no intention of moving Cousins.

"He’s not going to be traded – this year for sure,” Divac said in the press conference introducing their new coach.

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Even though he confirmed that the 25-year-old will be in Sacramento next season, Divac didn't exactly word it in the best possible way, putting Cousins' long-term future with the franchise in doubt.   

Just last week, former Kings coach George Karl said the team could rebuild quicker if they traded Cousins, which is something the team is not prepared to do.   

He may have had his well-publicised problems on and off the court, but the Kentucky product is one of the most talented bigs in the league and averaged career-highs of 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game this campaign.  

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He and Karl didn't see eye to eye, but Divac doesn't envisage the same thing happening between his franchise player and Joerger.

''It will be players, coach, front office on the same page. It will be a good environment,'' Divac said. ''I have no doubt DeMarcus will be on the same page. He's our leader and our franchise player.''  

Cousins, almost as much as the Kings, needs stability as he has worked under five coaches in his six seasons with the organisation and will hope his new coach can provide that. 

Speaking at his introductory news conference, Joerger outlined the potential Sacramento has and is optimistic about what the future holds.

''The team is on the rise,'' he said. ''There's still some heavy lifting to do but some of the heavy lifting has been done. This is not a blow up, let's start over situation. We're on the road to recovery.''

With a move to a new downtown arena in Sacramento next year and a talented young coach now in place, the future of the franchise looks much brighter.

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