DeMarcus Cousins, the Sacramento Kings center, has been putting on a show for Team USA in the ongoing Rio Olympics. The Cleveland Cavaliers could re-engage in trade talks for the center, per sources.
According to Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders, the Cavs recently inquired about the possibility of acquiring Cousins. When Team USA returns from Rio, there is a definite possibility that Cavs re-open the talks.
Not likely for either – was told Cavs inquired about Cousins, but it dd not go anywhere. https://t.co/hx9SDXZdbo
— Steve Kyler (@stevekylerNBA) July 18, 2016
During Game 1 against China, Cousins racked up 17 points and 5 rebounds in just 15 minutes of action. He went 6/8 from the field and 5/5 from the free throw line.
During Monday’s Game 2 against Venezuela, Cousins got into some foul trouble, picking up five fouls in just nine minutes on the court. Venezuelan center Gregory Echenique tried to frustrate Cousins with some physicality in the paint.
However, Cousins was the primary focus of the offense during his limited stint on the court, racking up 6 points and 5 rebounds in quick time.
Cousins is Team USA’s starting center ahead of Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, the only other big man on the roster. According to several analysts, Cousins would have been the starting center even if Team USA was racked with the best-possible talent.
Remember, the likes of LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook didn’t travel to Rio due to varying personal and health reasons.
DeMarcus Cousins trade going down?
According to King James Gospel, a Cleveland Cavaliers fan website, Cousins has proven that he would be a welcome addition to the roster, if the front office decided to pull the trigger on the long awaited Cousins-for-Kevin Love trade.
Cavs beat writer Aaron Ferguson argues that Cousins’ ability to hit threes and space the floor would make him the perfect fit alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.
“His (Cousins’) fit on the Cavaliers could be as a center on the defensive end and as a power forward on the offensive end. Cousins is perfect for ball-screens, pick-and-rolls with the ability to hit a jumper and posting up. He is the perfect player to have alongside LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who thrive working off of the pick-and-roll,” wrote the website.
Ferguson also noted that Cousins is a more versatile player than Kevin Love, who would be a part of the trade package that lands the Kings center.
“Cousins’ ability as a two-way player and versatility to play multiple positions gives the Cavs a different dynamic than what they currently have with Kevin Love. A deal for Cousins likely means that Love would be packing his bags and leaving Cleveland.”
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