DeMarcus Cousins has often been heralded as the best big man in today’s NBA. The 2 time All-star is a 6-feet, 11- inch, 270-pound bruiser with guard-like dribbling skills and an all-around offensive game.
Despite having averaged 26.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 2.9 assists early this season, it has not been peaches and cream for the organization and their franchise cornerstone. As a matter of fact, long time speculation has it that the cellar-dwelling Sacramento Kings are looking to unload him.
According to Fox Sports, Sacramento Kings minority owner Shaquille O’Neal stated, “He hasn’t shown great leadership qualities yet.” There is a good chance that the Kings will move forward and develop their young big man talent in Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere, and Georgios Papagiannis.
Given the chance, there would be an abundance of interest if he were to be traded, although there would also be areas of concern regarding DeMarcus Cousins’ maturity and temper.
Nonetheless, his All-star status and talent is just too good to pass on. He might be the missing roster piece for aspiring contenders and teams just wanting to be relevant.
Cousins’ antics with the management have been well-documented. A winning environment for the 7-year veteran and a reset for the Kings might do both parties some good.
ESPN’s Tim MacMahon stated, “Cousins is extremely unlikely to return.” If there is a good time to get the maximum value out of a Cousins trade, before this season’s trade deadline would be the ideal.
Boston would still be a good destination for the All-star big man. Given the assets that they have and a possible pairing with Al Horford, they would easily be the favorites to challenge the Cavs in the East.
DeMarcus Cousins has always been a hot topic for the past few seasons. By the looks of it, this season might be the hottest time we will get to hear his name speculated.
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