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DeMarcus Cousins made sure the world knew how unhappy he was with the Kings' Draft decisions

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DeMarcus Cousins is an ultra-talented, but seriously complicated man, it would seem.

Things have gone far from smooth for Cousins in recent years as the pivot for the Sacramento Kings. He is undoubtedly one of the best big men in the NBA and statistically, at least, the most potent.

His average of 26.9 points a game in a struggling Kings outfit was the fourth highest scoring total in the league last season, only behind Stephen Curry, James Harden and Kevin Durant.

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That shows his calibre, but that's not where the question marks have ever lied.

Sacramento traded the No. 8 overall pick in Thursday's NBA draft to the Phoenix Suns for the No. 13 and No. 28 picks, a 2020 second-round pick and the rights to Bogdan Bogdanovic. The Kings then selected Greek center Georgios Papagiannis with the No. 13 pick.

It appears Boogie wasn't happy with the business acumen shown by the Kings front office. The All-Star center tweeted out his disappointment of the move for the world to see.

This isn't the first time Cousins has proved to be a problem for the organisation. Former head coach George Karl made his exit this summer after enduring a turbulent relationship with his franchise star and it became a case of Sacramento wasn't big enough for the both of them.

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Cousins was suspended for one-game after yelling at Karl in the middle of a game last season. Although it was billed as a suspension from management, the 26-year-old had other ideas.

“That wasn’t a suspension from the organization,” Cousins said, according to Yahoo’s Marc J. Spears. “That was a suspension from the head coach."

Subsequently, Cousins has been subjected to intense trade speculation over the past year as he appears increasingly unhappy with the Kings. Whilst he clearly has the talent - with 11.5 rebounds, 1.6 steals and 1.4 blocks per game last season on top of his outpouring of points - his attitude and character will continue to diminish his trade value and put off prospective suitors.

Squaring up to LaMarcus Aldridge during a game last season is just another example of how Cousins can channel his energy in the wrong way. Sure, players sometimes need to have that edge to thrive on the court and that added aggression allows them to play at a higher level, but, at some stage, it becomes counter-productive.

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Organisations in dire need of a center like the L.A. Lakers or the New York Knicks may well entertain the idea of making a move for Cousins, but they must have reservations at this stage. How long will it be before Cousins' stay in Sacramento becomes untenable? The fallout from his tweet will be extremely interesting indeed.

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New York Knicks
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NBA Draft
DeMarcus Cousins
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