The Cleveland Cavaliers have been relatively quiet this summer after making big moves before. But are the Cavaliers, the 2016 NBA champions, saving the best for last?
DeMarcus Cousins Trade To Counter Golden State Warriors Super Team
Whether the Cavaliers admit it or not, they need to make big moves to have stronger chance of retaining the title. The Golden State Warriors added Kevin Durant this summer to form a super team.
Will the Cavaliers counter and strike a trade to acquire Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins? Cousins has not said it directly but has shown frustrations over the move they made this season, generating speculation that he will ask for a trade before the start of next season.
A Cousins to Cavaliers trade has been making a lot of noise as of late. Based on a recent trade scenario, the Cavaliers could acquire Cousins and Ben McLemore in exchange for a package involving Kevin Love and Iman Shumpert.
Why The Deal Will Benefit Cleveland Cavaliers
Love struggled big time against the Warriors in the finals but played well in the first three rounds of the playoffs. Shumpert, on the other hand, has been one of their best two-way players over the past two seasons.
Losing Love and Shumpert will change their dynamics. However, Cleveland will be in a better position to defend the title next season with Cousins manning the paint for them.
While Golden State have a four-headed monster next season, they have a glaring hole inside the paint with Andrew Bogut and Festus Ezeli gone. With Cousins manning the paint, the Cavaliers could expose the Warriors’ weakness, giving them a better chance to beat Golden State in a seven-game series.
DeMarcus Cousins Stats Against Golden State
Even when the Warriors still have Bogut and Ezeli, Cousins has been a matchup problem for Golden State. In a game last season, the mercurial center dominated, as he finished with 33 points and 10 boards on top of three steals.
During the 2014-15 season, the 25-year-old center posted 24.0 points and 10.3 rebounds along with 2.0 steals and 1.3 blocks in four games against Golden State. In one of their matches that season, the former Kentucky standout racked up 26 points, 11 rebounds, four blocks, four assists and three steals.
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