In the middle of the Rio Olympics, rumors continue to swirl around DeMarcus Cousins and his future with the Sacramento Kings. According to the latest NBA rumors, ‘Boogie’ will be traded to the Denver Nuggets in a three-team trade involving the Sacramento Kings and the Minnesota Timberwolves.
The trade rumors surrounding DeMarcus Cousins started to spread in the 2016 NBA draft. The Sacramento Kings traded the 8th overall pick to the Phoenix Suns for a package that included the 13th and 28th picks. The Kings selected 7-foot-1 Georgios Papagiannis and 6-foot-11 Skal Labissiere.
After hearing the news, DeMarcus Cousins expressed his disappointment on Twitter.
Most people are not questioning Papagiannis and Labissiere’s ability to excel in the league. What made the acquisition ‘controversial’ is that both players can play in the center position like ‘Boogie’. The Kings’ move created a logjam in their frontcourt while failing to upgrade their backcourt.
The acquisition of DeMarcus Cousins in the 2010 NBA draft created the belief that he could end the Kings’ playoff drought. However, the Kings keep struggling despite Cousins impressive performance in his tenure in Sacramento.
Zach Mikash of Denver Stiffs suggested a three-team trade that will be involving DeMarcus Cousins, Minnesota Timberwolves, and the Denver Nuggets. The trade scenario will be:
Denver Nuggets: DeMarcus Cousins, Kosta Koufos
Sacramento Kings: Ricky Rubio, Will Barton, Jusuf Nurkic
Minnesota Timberwolves: Kenneth Faried, J. Lauvergne
The main reason why this trade deal could simply work is because of Cousins’ relationship with Mike Malone. ‘Boogie’ was frequently involved with clashes with teammates and coaches in the past years. However, the opposite things happened in Malone’s stint with the Kings.
“In the one full season Malone coached the Kings, Cousins recorded his highest value over replacement player (VORP) and box score plus/minus (BPM), two statistics that help illustrate the overall ability of a player in comparison to the rest of the league, so arguably Cousins was never better than when Malone was his coach.” Mikash wrote.
For the Kings, it will address their problem at the point guard position while solving their logjam at center. If this trade happens, the Kings will be having veterans Ricky Rubio, Rudy Gay, and Arron Afflalo to go along with a young frontcourt that has a bright future.
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