NBA Rumors: OKC Eye DeMarcus Cousins For Steven Adams, Enes Kanter?

NBA Rumors: OKC Eye DeMarcus Cousins For Steven Adams, Enes Kanter?
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DeMarcus Cousins isn’t likely to be traded this summer. But if Sacramento Kings do make the all-star available in talks, the Oklahoma City Thunder would enter the mix, according to a league source.


In April, the Sacramento Bee reported that Kings GM Vlade Divac isn’t opposed to the idea of shopping Cousins this offseason. “A year ago, Cousins was untouchable. A year later, the sense within the organization is Divac is tempted by the prospect of pairing his center with his personally selected coach but that he has become increasingly frustrated by his center’s ongoing issues and, for the first time, is willing to test the market for the two-time All-Star,” wrote Ailene Voisin.

Do note that the aforementioned report was published before the hiring of new Kings coach Dave Joerger, who has made it abundantly clear that Cousins will be his franchise player next season.

ESPN insider Chad Ford has hypothecated over an interesting three-team deal involving the Kings, the Thunder and the New Orleans Pelicans.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Join Durant & Westbrook?

Kings send: DeMarcus Cousins to OKC; No. 8 pick to New Orleans
Thunder send: Steven Adams and Cameron Payne to Sacramento; Enes Kanter to New Orleans
Pelicans send: Omer Asik to OKC; Tyreke Evans to Sacramento

Why the Thunder would do it: OKC were a win away from qualifying for the NBA Finals this past season. Could the addition of a superstar center such as DeMarcus Cousins help them take the next step?

Chad Ford reasons: “Assuming Kevin Durant agrees to a short-term deal to return, the Thunder have to do everything they can to try to win a title before facing the possibility of both KD and Russell Westbrook leaving in the summer of 2017.

Cousins is a huge risk. Talent wise, he’s a major upgrade. But his character would test the Thunder’s culture. If he would buy in, they’d be the favorites to win it all. But it’s a big if.”

Why the Kings would do it: They have fired five different coaches since drafting DeMarcus Cousins in 2010. And even though new coach Dave Joerger is seemingly excited to work with the all-star center, is the city of Sacramento ready for another tumultuous season fueled by locker room issues?

Ford reasons: “Both Adams and Evans would help right away, and Payne could be the long-term answer at point guard. While this trade may be a small downgrade talent wise, it would be a major upgrade for team culture. Adams and Evans would bring toughness, and that’s something the Kings need.”

Why the Pelicans do it: Kanter’s defensive lapses can be cleaned up by superstar big man Anthony Davis. What Kanter lacks on defense, he makes up with rebounds and post moves.

Kanter, who averaged 12.7 points and 8 rebounds last season, is capable of putting up big numbers if a coach ran more plays for him.

Ford reasons: “And grabbing the eighth pick would allow the Pelicans to get help at both backcourt positions. Some combination of Buddy Hield, Jamal Murray, Kris Dunn and Jaylen Brown might be there for them with the No. 6 and No. 8 picks in the draft.

In the long run, this looks like a very good move for the Pelicans. They would be getting a lot of value for Asik and Evans.”

Should Thunder risk trading away valuable assets for DeMarcus Cousins? Is he worth it?

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