There is very little room to doubt the talent of Sacramento Kings’ center DeMarcus Cousins. But like most talented individuals, “Boogie” has a certain angle to his personality that is difficult to penetrate.
He’s had run-ins with most of his coaches throughout his career, and this disruptive attitude has clouded over his actual performance on the basketball court.
For this reason, alone a DeMarcus Cousins trade is a favorite discussion around the league, a regular mix to NBA rumors.
The Kings are looking to hold off ideas involving a DeMarcus Cousins trade and hope that coach Dave Joerger will be able to make Boogie a part of their future- a notion Zach Harper of CBS finds foolish.
As soon as he hits the free agency, Boogie is expected to exit the Kings, a team that hasn’t made the playoffs in years, and is riddled with internal factions.
Mobile & Apps report the Raptors have been interested in a DeMarcus Cousins trade since last summer. It involves the Kings’ center in exchange for Jonas Valanciunas, point guard Cory Joseph, and shooting guard Norman Powell, and NBA rumors say the deal may be done next season.
However, given his winning experience in the Rio 2016 Olympics, which he describes as the best feeling ever, DeMarcus Cousins is looking to extending his winning ways in the NBA.
The likelihood of that materializing with the Kings is unlikely, and he’s likely to join Kevin Durant Warriors with Thompson and Green with whom he bonded well in Brazil.
The Cavs, led by LeBron James is reportedly interested in a DeMarcus Cousins trade too, according to a report by Yibada, but that’d probably mean giving away Kevin Love and another valuable player.
Would his game benefit LeBron James and the Cavs? Of course, his two-way basketball, would.
But his time with Green, Thompson, and Kevin Durant Warriors seem closer to Boogie’s heart that Carlos Murillo wrote, “DeMarcus Cousins will be a Golden State Warrior because he loves them.” He apparently loves them more than the chance of playing with the champs and LeBron James.
“Over the last two summers, he has represented Team USA in international competition. He spent a lot of time with Curry and Thompson last season and Green and Kevin Durant this year. He can regularly be found working out or messing around with the Warriors players at practice.”
The Warriors don’t have the chips to offer at this time, and they’d need to break up a part of their core group to accommodate a DeMarcus Cousins trade.
But they are also in dire need of a defensive improvement, and an upgrade in size. This is something they’d definitely look into, and find ways to facilitate in the near future.
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