It will be last chance saloon for DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings next season

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The Sacramento Kings are keen to experience a season of stability that will be free of turmoil both on and off the court. In recent years that's been hard to come by.

The franchise believes it has found the right man to instill that with new coach Dave Joerger, after he took over from George Karl in the summer following his surprise departure from the Memphis Grizzlies. 

One of Joerger's biggest challenges will be to build a strong relationship with star player DeMarcus Cousins and turn him into a leader.  

The hugely talented Cousins is regarded as one of the best big men in the league and his numbers from last year certainly back that up as he averaged a career-best 26.9 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. 

The center has had his fair share of problems on and off the court that have been well documented during his six years in Sacramento. 

Joerger will be the sixth head coach that Cousins will have worked with since he was drafted by the Kings in 2010 and the talented coach could provide him with the stability he requires to let his basketball do the talking and finally make headlines for the right reasons. 

Make or break

Cousins may not do himself many favours with his temperament getting the better of him on many occasions, but some of that can be put down to the environment he has been a part of in Sacramento over the course of six years. 

With a revolving door of coaches and players, the two-time All-Star has not been given the foundations to help the Kings become a winning franchise. 

His frustrations with the team and the front office has usually gotten the better of him in more ways than one. 

However, the upcoming campaign seems like it will provide Cousins and Sacramento with a make or break opportunity. Can they be successful together or is a divorce the only course of action?

The Kings will be moving into a new arena in downtown Sacramento for the 2016/17 season and under the leadership of Joerger, it will provide a fresh start for the franchise and its star player to put the past behind them, learn from their mistakes and finally be successful together. 

Having led the Grizzlies to the playoffs in each of his three years in charge, Joerger knows what it takes to get to the postseason, which is what the Kings and Cousins are yearning for. 

At the age of just 26, 'Boogie' - as Cousins is affectionately known - has his best years in front of him and if he can't fulfill that under his new head coach, his departure from the Pacific Division outfit will be inevitable. 

If recent reports are to be believed, many people around the league believe a break-up is certain to happen regardless.

One league executive told Zach Harper of CBS Sports: "They're fooling themselves if they think he's sticking around. The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn't a point of no return in which you're not getting high value for him.

"Teams will bid against each other in the trade market. Maybe [Cousins] doesn't go for the biggest money in free agency but you'd love to have that card to play."

The Kentucky product will become a free agent in 2018 and if things don't go according to plan next season, we can expect to see a blockbuster trade involving him in the summer of 2017.

It's up to the Sacramento Kings and Cousins to prove they can make it work and are in it together for the long haul. 

DeMarcus Cousins
Sacramento Kings
Pacific Division
Western Conference
Rudy Gay

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