The Sacramento Kings have been through a lot this summer and being mentioned in trade rumors is one of them. Rumors are swirling that the Kings are willing to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Boston Celtics for Marcus Smart and Amir Johnson.
The reported deal has two versions of it actually with the first having Cousins move to Boston in exchange for Smart together with some future picks. The second is both Smart and Johnson moving to Sacramento.
The Kings underwent a transition that saw Vlade Divac leading its front office in 2015. They then grabbed the headline when they cut ties with head coach George Karl. Other issues that hounded the Kings is the uncontrollable attitude of Cousins.
The 26-year old Olympian would earn most technical fouls during their run last season. Aside from technical fouls, Cousins would also get into heated arguments with Karl. Rumors of Cousins getting trade started heating up all summer long and his name has always been linked with the Celtics.
Offensive wise Cousins is one wrecking machine as he could put up a double-double or even triple-double performances. But the main setback is his attitude towards his coach and to game officials. With the Kings rebuilding its roster starting with the hiring of Dave Joerger, they might think Cousins would be better off with another team.
Thus, the Celtics explore the deal, Cousins must ready himself for a team built on the core values of discipline and toughness. Getting Cousins will surely give the Celtics a strong presence in the middle and will give Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas much mobility on the floor. Picturing Cousins and Horford together is already scary and the Celtics could put up a good stand against “super team.”
For the Kings, their rebuilding process could still continue and having Smart and Johnson could also help them. Smart could very well complement Ty Lawson in the guard position as he brings in an average of 9.1 points, 3.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds a game.
Johnson, for his part, could pair with Rudy Gay and other forwards on the Kings roster including Matt Barnes in giving muscle in the forward position. Johnson could also work well with Joerger pick-and-roll plays as he brings an average of 7.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game.
The Celtics are known for carefully studying their moves before deciding and Cousins’ case will test them. Danny Ainge could just pull the trigger and get on with the trade. If the trade would not push further, the Kings will see if Cousins would adapt to his new coach’s system. Both teams may stick to their respective assets and play on till the midseason where trade rumors will once again round them.
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