Imagine DeMarcus Cousins in a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey next season. It might seem like an impossible scenario, but the reigning NBA champions have the necessary pieces to actually pull it off.
A trade package involving power forward Kevin Love, shooting guard Iman Shumpert and three future draft picks may entice the Sacramento Kings to finally part ways with their All-Star center. In return, the Cavaliers would acquire Cousins, big man Kosta Koufos and shooting guard Ben McLemore.
King James Gospel indicated that the trade would equally benefit both teams. The Kings are stacked with young promising centers but lack depth in the power forward position. The team is also dead last in the NBA in opponent points allowed. Both deficiencies can be addressed with the additions of sweet-shooting stretch-four Kevin Love and defensive stopper Iman Shumpert.
For the Cavaliers, they would be getting arguably the best center in the league. Cousins has an excellent post game and can hit open shots from anywhere on the court. He will command the double team, allowing wide-open shots for LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and JR Smith. He can also stretch the floor to give Lebron and Kyrie ample space to attack the rim.
Kosta Koufos will fill the backup center position vacated by Timofey Mozgov, who recently agreed to sign a four-year, $64 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. Koufos is a steady contributor regardless of playing time, as he averaged 6.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 19 minutes per game last season.
In McLemore, the Cavaliers will get a young buck eager to prove he belongs in the NBA. McLemore could be the team’s starting shooting guard next season if JR Smith decides to sign elsewhere in free agency.
The Kings have vehemently denied trying to shop Cousins in the trade market. However, growing tensions between the volatile big man and the organization have made their pronouncements less and less believable.