The Sacramento Kings are still not a playoff contender even if DeMarcus Cousins develop and mature in the 2016-2017 NBA Season. The Kings hired Dave Joerger as head coach in the offseason to control their franchise player but it could be too late for the Sacramento franchise, according to NBA experts who sees a Cousins trade during the season.
New NBA rumors mention of a Kings trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who can make Ricky Rubio available in a deal with the presence of other top guards, Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine in the line-up.
Depending on the Kings’ plans, one of which is to rebuild for the future, a trade for Rubio and one of LaVine or Dunn is possible if the Timberwolves think they can contend for a title by acquiring Cousins in the probable deal.
According to ESPN Insider columnists Kevin Pelton, Amin Elhassan and Bradford Doolitte, the time of Cousins with the Kings could be over soon.
“As remarkable a player as Cousins is, the way he interacts with young teammates makes it difficult for them to live up to their potential,” Pelton said.
“The ship has sailed as far as being able to move him, get good assets in return and change the culture in Sacramento,” Elhassan added about a Kings trade involving Cousins.
Doolittle made the suggestion that the Kings should target Rubio from Minnesota.
This Kings-Timberwolves deal is unlikely to happen any time soon. Tom Thibodeau, the new head coach in Minnesota, raved about Rubio’s playing during training camp and will look to pair him with their other top guards in Dunn and LaVine.
However, getting Cousins in a trade could be something that Minnesota can’t pass up if the Kings want to unload the big man.
Via ESPN’s Trade Checker, a DeMarcus Cousins for Zach LaVine and Ricky Rubio trade works. The Kings might demand a future first round pick and the Timberwolves might give in with the temptation of a DeMarcus Cousins and Karl-Anthony Towns frontcourt.
Rumors and speculations for now but the Timberwolves might soon attempt to make a blockbuster deal especially if they fail to keep up with the playoff contending teams in the West early in the regular season.
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