DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings have tried to commit to one another despite six tumultuous years. However, this could be the season when Boogie Cousins finally gets traded.
Last month, Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders reported that Cousins returned from the Rio Olympics a revitalized man and told the Kings front office that he had no intention to be traded.
“Fresh off his Olympic gold medal campaign, the Kings and Cousins have agreed to take a fresh-start approach to the relationship.
“Cousins says he likes the hiring of Dave Joerger and that everything he’s heard from the team this offseason is good with him.
“There are still some roster moves to work out, but Cousins says he is all the way on-board with the plan Joerger and Vlade Divac have for the team,” Kyler wrote, before noting that the Cousins trade could still happen in Sacramento begin the season on a poor note.
DeMarcus Cousins for Jonas Valanciunas?
If Kings do start the 2016-17 season with a 5-15 start, expect their front office to press the panic button.
And in such a scenario, the Toronto Raptors could swoop in with what could prove to be the best possible trade for the Kings to consider.
According to SB Nation website Raptors HQ, Toronto’s front office could welcome a potential trade that would send Cousins and Darren Collison up North in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph and Norman Powell.
ESPN Trade Machine approves the proposed trade.
In all seriousness, the Kings can’t ask for a better package. Valanciunas is a top-10 center in the sport today who is capable of protecting the rim and stretching the floor.
During this year’s playoffs, Valanciunas averaged a tally of 13.8 points and 10.8 rebounds from 26.8 minutes per game. Many felt that the Raptors-Heat series went to seven games due to Valanciunas’ injury.
Cory Joseph > Ty Lawson?
Also, the Kings would be getting a proven back-up point guard in Cory Joseph, who could be their best option as a starter, ahead of offseason acquisition Ty Lawson.
Most importantly, Valanciunas has three full years left on his contract before a player option for the 2019-20 season, Joseph and Powell are also under contract for at least another two years.
On paper, the trade makes perfect sense for both teams.
The Raptors would emerge one step closer to a threat to the Cleveland Cavaliers with a potential Big 3 of Cousins, Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan.
The only question is: how long do the Kings resist before trading DeMarcus Cousins? Would they wait until February’s trade deadline or pull the trigger sooner?