NBA Trade Rumors: Cavs Eye DeMarcus Cousins For Kevin Love, Timofey Mozgov
With a Kevin Love trade imminent, Cleveland Cavaliers GM David Griffin has begun exploring possible options to land a superstar in a blockbuster trade ahead of the February 18 deadline. According to latest NBA trade rumors, Cavs have their eye on Sacramento Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins.Advertisement
Love has failed to fit into the Cleveland Cavaliers’ system, especially while playing alongside Kyrie Irving and LeBron James. Even though Cousins and Kings coach George Karl have worked through their differences this season, it’s almost a guarantee that the former Kentucky product would leave the team in free agency in a few years.
Cousins has been involved in NBA trade rumors ever since Karl took over as coach of the Kings. If the teams agree to this deal, Love will get the opportunity to shine as a go-to option in his home state of California. Also, Cousins would enjoy a career re-birth under the leadership of LeBron James.
Playing with LeBron…
Cousins, drafted by the Kings in 2011, has never sniffed the post-season. With the Cavs, the talented big man would shoot into instant relevancy and get to contend for championships. Cousins is considered a “head case” due to his disciplinary issues. In the past, LeBron has done wonders while mentoring similar players, namely JR Smith – who was traded by Knicks to Cavs last season.
As far as Love is concerned, the power forward will be better off playing with an up-and-coming team. Love would fit perfectly into Karl’s pick-and-pop plays, and more importantly, wouldn’t need to play Stretch 4 like he has done with the Cavs. If anything, the Kings’ offense would revolve around Love posting up. Also, Love and Rajon Rondo are good friends outside the court.
Timofey Mozgov has been on the trading block for several weeks. Even though the Cavs have a trade exception in excess of $12 million (after offloading Brendon Haywood and Mike Miller in the summer), the Kings would be forced to add a piece or two for the salaries to match. According to the ESPN Trade Machine, the Kings would need to add Kosta Koufos into the mix for a successful transaction. It would be a win-win situation since Cavs would get a solid back-up Center to fill the void left by Mozgov.
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