DeMarcus Cousins is an All-Star who is arguably the best center in the game today. Cousins coming off 26.8 points and 11.5 rebounds type of production last season. He has the complete package and he is only 26 years old. The problem is he plays for the most dysfunctional franchise in the NBA today, the Sacramento Kings.
This franchise has gone from coach to coach, questionable draft picks, to an owner who seems indecisive about every decision the organization is thinking about making. DeMarcus Cousins will never reach his full potential until he gets to another team. I can see him forcing his way out of Sacramento very soon, so I present to you 5 possible destinations for Cousins to get away from this out of sync franchise.
John Wall is regarded as one of the elite point guards in the NBA, while DeMarcus Cousins is pretty much regarded as the best center. Cousins was a member of 2014 Olympic team that won the gold medal in Spain.
Cousins is a very good friend with John Wall and they played together in college for Coach Calipari during the 2009-2010 season at the University of Kentucky. With the addition of Cousins, the Wizards would fill they need a low post player with youth.
Also, I think they would challenge the defending NBA Champions Cleveland Cavaliers for the best team in the Eastern Conference. Don’t forget the young sharpshooter Bradley Beal who is only 23 years old and has tons of potential and upside. Beal signed a new 5 years, 127 million contract in free agency.
DeMarcus Cousins is a clear upgrade over starting center Marcin Gortat, who averaged a respectable 13.5 points and 9.9 rebounds last season. Which isn't bad but, he is 32 years of age and is not an impact player likes Cousins.
Washington could trade Bradley Beal and Marcin Gortat for DeMarcus Cousins straight up. It has been reports of tension between Wall and Beal on the court last season and the rift has been made public. Sacramento needs help at every position literally. A trade to the Kings would make Beal the number 1 option for sure. Washington could trade for his services now. As of now DeMarcus has 2 years left in his 4 years, 65 million contract.
The Wizards hired coach Scott Brooks, with a respected 338-207 record as the Oklahoma City Thunder's head coach for seven seasons. Brooks was able to develop the games of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook to a degree. So why couldn't he do the same Cousins and John Wall?
The Cleveland Cavaliers already have a championship roster under their belt, but they can still get better. With 4 time MVP and 2-time champion LeBron James, and the young up and coming offensive superstar Kyrie Irving the Cavs still have one question mark. Kevin Love has had issues fitting into the system for his two seasons in Cleveland because he can’t create his own shot like those others, and he struggles to find his niche within the team.
Sometimes he is a 3-point shooter and sometimes he is a low post player. If the Kings acquired Love, it's still a win for them because Love is a great player. He averaged 16.9 points and 9.9 rebounds last season. I just don't think he fits in with Kyrie Irving and Lebron James.
Since Love is paid more than Cousins, the Kings would have to send more players over to the Cavs with the likes of Kosta Koufos and Ben McLemore, but on the other hand, the Cavs would have to send their first-round picks from 2020 and 2030 to the Kings.
The addition of Cousins gives the Cavs a shot blocker and somebody to anchor that defense. Also, with LeBron’s leadership and experience he would be able to max out DeMarcus Cousins potential.
Don’t get me wrong, Kevin Love is a rebounding machine and has All-Star caliber talent on the offensive end, but he struggles severely on the defense end, and that causes issues for Cleveland. If I was Cleveland GM, I would simply swap them both straight end. If Cavs could pull off a Cousins-Love trade, they could potentially run a dynasty down there in Cleveland. Keep in mind DeMarcus Cousins is already regarded as the best big man in the league. If you add him with the best player in the game LeBron James, and a superstar Kyrie Irving, the rest of the NBA is in trouble.
The Chicago Bulls are officially in retooling mode. After trading the former franchise player Derrick Rose, and letting center Joakim Noah walk in free agency the Bulls have some holes to fill. The Bulls made some moves in free agency with the additions of All-Star guard Dwayne Wade and point guard Rajon Rondo who averaged 11.9 assists , which lead the league last season.
They have a future star in Jimmy Butler still on the roster, but they still need more to become a real contender in the Eastern Conference. Also, people have said that Cousins is impressed with the Bulls roster and loves the city of Chicago. Don't forget the Rondo and Cousins were teammates last year in Sacramento.
For Chicago to pull off a trade they would probably have to trade Bobbie Portis, Doug Mcdermott, Nikola Mirotic, and first round draft pick Denzel Valentine for Cousins. Chicago has the necessary cap room to pull off a trade for Cousins. The addition of DeMarcus Cousins would turn the Bulls into a top 3 in the Eastern Conference. If Chicago wants to make noise, they need to pull off a trade as soon as possible.
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Portland Trail Blazers
Damian Lillard and DeMarcus Cousins together would be one of the deadliest duos in the Western Conference. They both are coming off 25 points per game seasons. Portland has a great head coach in Terry Scotts, who guided a young team with no playoff expectations to a 44-38 record securing the 5th seed for last year’s playoffs.
Portland could offer a nice trade package of C.J McCollum, Mason Plumlee, and 2017 first round pick. Now I would think twice about dealing C.J McCollum because the kid showed serious potential in that backcourt with Damian Lillard. Plus, they already gave McCollum a new contract of 4 years and 106 Million this offseason, so I doubt they would deal him anyway.
Last year the Trail Blazers were carried by the impressive guard play. They lack a low post scorer, and Cousins averaged 27.4 points last year, so he would immediately solve the Trail Blazers issue in the post.
The trio of Damian Lillard, DeMarcus Cousins, and C.J McCollum does sound very intriguing. Neither team is under the cap, so both teams would have to add a nice amount of salary to make this trade acceptable.
Honestly, with the Cousins move, Portland could challenge the power teams in the Western Conference like the Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, or maybe even the Warriors.
The thing that’s crazy for Lillard and Cousins is that they are both overlooked as stars in their respected conference. The idea of Lillard and Cousins playing together should be exciting enough for Portland to want a deal done for the All-Star center.
Eric Bledsoe played with DeMarcus Cousins at the University of Kentucky, that creates chemistry right there. Bledsoe is a good well-rounded player when he stays healthy. He averaged a respected 20.4 points, and 6.1 assists last season, he just needs to stay on the floor.
They just hired Coach Earl Watson who is labeled as the players type of coach. They have good draft picks like Devin Booker who will most likely be the franchise player in a couple years.
For the Suns to make a deal, they would have to offer Alex Len, and players like T.J Warren, and Brandon Knight. Also, the Suns might have to throw in a draft pick to sweeten the deal.
At this time the Suns need a prime talent on their team and that type of player is DeMarcus Cousins.
If they could acquire him, with Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe and Tyson Chandler, the Suns could potentially be a top 3 or 4 seed or higher in the powerful Western Conference.
Cousins could grow into the leader of a real championship contender. People may not think that Phoenix is a right place for DeMarcus, but if you think about the draft picks and trade assets combined with the potential of some young players it could work out for the Suns.