DeMarcus Cousins isn’t available via trade at this moment. However, sources within the Sacramento Kings aren’t ruling out the possibility of a Cousins trade closer to February’s deadline.
It’s no secret that the Boston Celtics have long coveted Cousins, who many feel is the best big man in the sport.
Cousins’ career has been plagued with a myriad of disciplinary issues. The All-Star center has been the primary reason for Sacramento firing five different coaches since drafting him in 2010.
And despite all his past troubles, the Celtics organization feel Cousins would be a good fit under caoch Brad Stevens, who many feel is the brightest young mind in basketball.
Stevens has instigated a team-first culture in Boston led the team to 48 wins last season.
If there’s one coach that Cousins would thrive under, it’s Stevens.
DeMarcus Cousins: What can Boston offer?
Earlier this month, ESPN insider Tom Haberstroh reported that Cousins would be participating in the 2017 playoffs while wearing another jersey.
Remember, Cousins, entering his seventh season, has yet to play a postseason game.
The Celtics have a chest of future draft picks and young assets to entice the Kings front office.
If Sacramento are entering the All-Star break with 20 wins and 30+ losses, they are almost certain to pull the trigger on a Cousins trade.
In such a scenario, Kings GM Vlade Divac would presumably prefer acquiring young players on rookie contracts and possibly Brooklyn Nets’ 2017 draft pick (owed to Boston Celtics).
No other team can rival Boston’s offer of Jaylen Brown and the 2017 Brooklyn Nets draft pick (very likely to be a top-5 pick). The Kings would be securing their longterm future with the addition of two young players on rookie contracts.
Also, the 2017 NBA Draft is reportedly one of the deepest in recent history and could help Sacramento find its next star.
For the Celtics, trading away a possible top-5 pick is a gamble in itself.
However, if they can enter the postseason with a frontcourt of DeMarcus Cousins and Al Horford, we can expect an Eastern Conference finals showdown between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics.
If you’re Celtics fan, trading for Cousins isn’t that big of a gamble.
For starters, Cousins is contracted through the 2017-18 season, so the Celtics will be assured of his services for at least one more season.
And if the Horford-Cousins frontcourt can dominate the way analysts project, Boogie would have no reason to leave Boston during the 2018 free agency period.
“Cousins will be making $17 million this season and $18 million in 2017-18, which makes him one of the most affordable stars in the new cap structure.
“So why would the Kings want to trade that kind of value? Because another team might see him as more valuable than the Kings do,” explained Haberstroh in his insider piece.
The insider article also mentioned the Denver Nuggets and Oklahoma City Thunder as possible destinations for Cousins. However, it’s acknowledged league-wide that the Celtics have the most young assets to offer.
DeMarcus Cousins will very likely be playing for a playoff team next year. The question is: how long before the Boston Celtics persuade the Kings to hand him over.