Boston Celtics will make a strong push at trading for embattled Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins during the forthcoming off-season, per latest NBA Rumors.
On Tuesday, NBA.com seasoned reporter Shaun Powell explained why the Celtics are in the best position to trade for Cousins, when compared to all the potential suitors for the superstar big man. “How many teams can offer a better combination of solid players and potentially high draft picks than the Celtics? Ainge was busy during the trade deadline and said a “big” deal was killed at the last minute when the other team backed out,” writes Powell.
Draft picks set to pay off…
According to the report, Celtics GM Danny Ainge’s accumulation of multiple draft picks is going to eventually pay off, in the form of a franchise player. With Sacramento Kings unable to hit the 30-win barrier in five seasons with Cousins, the time is right to make the trade. “Cousins also has two seasons left on his contract, which makes this summer the right time to trade him. The closer he gets to his walk year, the less they (Sacramento) can expect to get for him,” elaborates Powell.
Of course, Cousins will bring with him a notorious reputation. Over the last 5 years, no other NBA player has received more technical fouls, DQs, fines and suspensions. “He’s a million-dollar talent saddled with $10 maturity. Aside from his on-court performance, he doesn’t set a good example for the locker room. The Kings have yet to break 30 wins in a season with him.”
Brad Stevens perfect coach…
Despite Cousins’ disciplinary issues, Powell reckons that Celtics coach Brad Stevens will be able to work the former Kentucky standout. “The ace card the Celtics have is Stevens. In short time, he has won over the Boston locker room and generated a healthy amount of respect, especially for an ex-college coach with no NBA experience. He’s calm and communicative, perhaps the kind of coach who might – might – strike a chord with Cousins.”
Stevens is currently favored to win the prestigious Coach of the Year award for leading Boston Celtics to the third seed in the competitive Eastern Conference. Is Cousins worth the trouble? “Putting Cousins on a winning team, with perhaps the 2015-16 Coach of the Year, and placing him in the center-starved East could help to snuff his anger. And if it doesn’t, then nothing will.”
Are Celtics just a superstar piece away from contending for championships? It appears that way.
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