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NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics trading Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson and 2017, 2018 first round picks for DeMarcus Cousins

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DeMarcus Cousins and Kevin Love (Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons)

DeMarcus Cousins is one of the NBA superstars who is frequently mentioned in various trade rumors this offseason. The rumors started in the 2016 NBA draft when Boogie was reportedly unhappy when the Sacramento Kings selected big men Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere.

Several NBA teams have expressed their interest in acquiring DeMarcus Cousins, including the Boston Celtics. With dreams of becoming a title contender, the Celtics tried to upgrade their roster by pursuing big names this summer.

The Celtics succeeded to acquire Al Horford but failed to grab their main target, Kevin Durant. With their current roster, the Celtics are predicted to make the NBA Playoffs. However, the Celtics obviously need to add more firepower in order to match the reigning Eastern Conference champions, Cleveland Cavaliers.

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With the Kings predicted to suffer another disappointing season, DeMarcus Cousins is expected to leave in 2018. Zach Harper of CBS Sports reported that a league executive expects Boogie to leave once he becomes a free agent.

“They’re fooling themselves if they think he’s sticking around,” one league executive said. “The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn’t a point of no return in which you’re not getting high value for him. Teams will bid against each other in the trade market. Maybe [Cousins] doesn’t go for the biggest money in free agency but you’d love to have that card to play.”

Kings general manager Vlade Divac admitted in the past months that they are planning to rebuild the team. Trading a superstar like DeMarcus Cousins could be a tough decision but the return will surely be beneficiary for a team who wants an overhaul.

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Isaac Harris of Fansided suggested for the Boston Celtics to trade Marcus Smart, Amir Johnson, and the 2017 and 2018 Brooklyn’s picks to Sacramento Kings for DeMarcus Cousins. The Brooklyn Nets are predicted to become the worst team next season and the 2017 first-round pick will surely be among the top picks.

Kings’ PG Darren Collison is currently facing a domestic violence case and threatened to have a suspension. Though the Kings signed Ty Lawson, Marcus Smart has the ability to become a starting point guard in Sacramento next season.

Meanwhile, the probable acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins will give the Boston Celtics the chance to match the Cleveland Cavaliers and other existing ‘Super Teams’ in the league.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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