5 Teams That Should Trade For Sacramento Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins
Teams That Should Consider a Trade for Sacramento Kings' Troubled Star
DeMarcus Cousins has averaged 16.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game in his three year career with the Sacramento Kings. There is no doubt that Cousins will give you solid production. He is one of the most talented young big men in the game. Ideally, Cousins is the type of player that you would build your franchise around.
While Cousins is surely a great player, he has continually been a problem since he entered the NBA. He is very immature and undisciplined. Cousins routinely gets in altercations with coaches and teammates. Let's be honest, if the Kings can get a fair return on Cousins, they will gladly let him go.
There is a new ownership group in Sacramento that is led by former Golden State Warriors co-owner Vivek Ranadive. Early reports are that Ranadive and the new ownership group would like to clean house. That probably means letting Tryeke Evans walk in free agency, and trying to trade Cousins. Evans and Cousins were once considered one of the most talented young duos in the league. While both have been productive for the Kings, it has not led to any wins and both players simply need to grow up, as they have caused many problems during their stay in Sacramento.
I think it is time for the Kings to start over with a clean slate. The promise of Cousins and Evans was once very intriguing, but now is not much more than a fairy tale. Both players simply need a change of scenery. If the Kings can get solid value for their troubled star center, then I think they should pull the trigger. It is always risky when you trade such a talented player, but when it comes to Cousins, I think the time is now. Even with all of his issues, Cousins will surely still have a market for his services and the Kings should get a good return on their investment. Here are five teams that I think should consider a trade for DeMarcus Cousins.
The Washington Wizards would be smart to try and team Cousins with his former college teammate John Wall. Cousins and Wall had a ton of success during their season at the University of Kentucky together. I think that they would be a nice young duo to build your team around. Any trade involving Cousins to Washington would probably have to be centered around the third pick in the upcoming NBA Draft.
Michael Jordan and the Charlotte Bobcats have been reported to have some interest in Cousins. I am sure that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is untouchable, but it is hard to see what else the Kings would be interested in from the Bobcats. They do have the No. 4 overall pick in the upcoming draft, so that would probably be the starting point for any deal involving Cousins.
I would imagine that the new Kings ownership is looking for high-character players. Evan Turner of the Philadelphia 76ers is one of those guys. A Cousins for Turner swap makes sense for both sides. The 76ers would get another big man to combine with Andrew Bynum, which would probably give them the best young big man duo in the league, and the Kings get a talented high-character scorer.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is always looking to add more talent and make a splash. I do not see many players on the Mavericks roster that would interest the Kings much, but that has not stopped Cuban before. If he wants his guy, I am sure he will find a way to get him. Cousins would help the Mavericks get younger, which is something that they desperately need.
I think the Cleveland Cavaliers will seriously consider using the first pick in the upcoming draft to trade for Cousins. While I am a fan of Nerlens Noel, I think that Cousins' offensive ability would become elite when coupled with a great point guard like Kyrie Irving. With Irving, Cousins and Dion Waiters, the Cavaliers would have a very talented young core to build around.