DeMarcus Cousins has lashed out against the Sacramento Kings front office for their draft day decisions. It seems like after six years together, Cousins and Kings could finally break up.
The Denver Nuggets are swooping in and trying to complete a trade for Cousins, per a source. Michael Malone, coach of the Nuggets, shares a healthy relationship with Cousins. In fact, among five previous coaches that have coached Cousins in Sacramento, Malone is the only one who shared a good rapport with the all-star center during his stint with the Kings in 2013-14.
Nuggets have the assets…
According to Sean Walsh of Mile High Sports, Sacramento has collected enough young assets to make a trade for Cousins. “If Denver was ever going to make a deal for DeMarcus Cousins, now is the time. Cousins is extremely unhappy in Sacremento. He has had issues with losing, coaching and now is questioning the Kings’ future due to a questionable draft last month,” Walsh wrote on Wednesday.
Walsh opined the move would give Cousins a chance to start a new chapter in his career. “If Cousins would fit in anywhere, it would be in Denver. He would get to play with a fellow Kentucky alumnus in Murray and also be reunited with the one head coach he enjoyed playing for in the NBA, Michael Malone. The Nuggets could add an All-Star and Cousins could get a chance to start anew.”
DeMarcus Cousins, Nikola Jokic front court?
According to Hoops Habit, this proposed trade between Nuggets and Kings should help both teams going forward. The Kings would receive Kenneth Faried, Will Barton, Jusuf Nurkic and future draft picks for sending across Cousins and Omri Casspi to Denver.
Nuggets have a number of future first round picks to offer. They own Memphis’ next two first round picks (via Cleveland) which are both top-5 protected. They also own Memphis’ 2019 unprotected pick (via Cleveland).
The report argued that Denver wouldn’t need Faried and Nurkic since they already have promising youngster Nikola Jokic. “By getting rid of Kenneth Faried and Nurkic for Cousins, Denver would clear the decks for a potentially exciting frontcourt duo of Cousins and Jokic.”
With Sacramento Kings looking to move Rudy Gay, it would make sense for them to acquire Will Barton, who averaged a nice haul of 14.4 points and 5.8 rebounds last season.
Will Denver Nuggets pull the trigger and acquire DeMarcus Cousins? Would they have to give up more assets?