NBA Trade Rumors: Raptors giving away Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph and Norman Powell for DeMarcus Cousins

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

Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Toronto Raptors who are reportedly trading Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph, and Norman Powell to Sacramento Kings for DeMarcus Cousins.

DeMarcus Cousins has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months. In the recent NBA draft, the Sacramento King selected Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere, who can play the same position as Boogie. Until now, it remains questionable on why did the Kings choose two big men despite having a logjam in their frontcourt and a limited talent in their backcourt.

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With their current roster, the Kings are predicted to suffer another disappointing season, giving more reasons for DeMarcus Cousins to demand a trade. According to Zach Harper of CBS Sports, one league executive believes that ‘Boogie’ will be leaving the Kings once he becomes a free agent in 2018.

“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.”

According to SB Nation’s Raptors HQ, there were rumors circulating that the Toronto Raptors are interested in acquiring DeMarcus Cousins. In a suggested trade scenario, the Kings will be sending DeMarcus Cousins and Darren Collison to Toronto for Jonas Valanciunas, Cory Joseph, and Norman Powell. This works on the ESPN trade machine.

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This trade will make a lot of sense for the Raptors in order to match with the reigning NBA champions, Cleveland Cavaliers. The 2015-16 NBA season proved that the Raptors can compete against the best teams in the East. Having DeMarcus Cousins to team up with DeMar DeRozan and Kyle Lowry will give them a higher chance to contend for the NBA championship title.

If the Kings will finally let ‘Boogie’ go , his skills and confidence will be tested once he plays for a playoff contender team. The pressure of regular season games is nothing compared to the postseason. It will be best for DeMarcus Cousins to be traded to another team while he is in his prime.

Photo courtesy: Keith Allison/Wikimedia Commons

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