Toronto Raptors Getting DeMarcus Cousins For Jonas Valanciunas In Blockbuster Trade
DeMarcus Cousins is continuously being mentioned in numerous trade rumors over the past several weeks. This time, the Sacramento Kings center is being linked to the Toronto Raptors.Advertisement
According to FanSided’s Raptors Rapture, Toronto could be Cousins’ next destination if the Kings decide to trade him before the deadline. The Raptors went two wins away from reaching the NBA Finals last season and acquiring an All-Star like Cousins could work wonders for them next season.
But do they have the necessary pieces to make the deal work? According to the report, a one-on-one deal involving Cousins and Jonas Valanciunas makes sense for both teams.
Valanciunas was a dominant force inside the paint last season, particularly in the playoffs. However, Raptors fans are wondering if the Lithuanian center can finally bring his game to the next level.
The 24-year-old center averaged 12.8 points and 9.1 rebounds on top of 1.3 blocks per game last season. His numbers are quite deceiving. It may not look so impressive but the truth of the matter is he tallied these numbers even if he was not the top option in offense, deferring to Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
A move to the Sacramento could work wonders for the four-year veteran. He will take Cousins spot, while the mercurial center will move to Toronto, where he could immediately get a fair share of attempts in the upcoming season.
Cousins, who recently helped USA Basketball win the gold medal in the 2016 Rio Olympics, posted 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds to go along with 1.4 blocks a game last season. However, his impressive numbers were overshadowed by his negative image as hot-headed player, earning the ire of former Kings coach George Karl.
Most analysts are convinced that a change of scenery could help Cousins realize that he can dominate in the league. However, it remains to be seen, though, whether or not the Kings will really trade him.
It is worth nothing that Kings general manager sounded like he is not ready to let Cousins go. “It’s a no-brainer. He’s the most dominant player in the whole world,” Divac said of Cousins via CSN Bay Area.