Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Miami Heat and the Sacramento Kings who are reportedly having trade talks involving DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay, Goran Dragic, and Hassan Whiteside.
DeMarcus Cousins has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors this summer. NBA teams like the Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets are reportedly willing to send plenty of young assets to Sacramento just to acquire Boogie.
However, the Kings show no indication that they are willing to part way with their franchise player unless it is a superstar to superstar trade deal.
According to Zach Lowe of ESPN, the Kings and Heat were having trade talks since the start of the offseason. After Rajon Rondo left in free agency, the Kings are yet to find a perfect point guard who can mesh well with DeMarcus Cousins.
“The Heat and Kings have had some vague trade talks since July — not necessarily involving Dragic, sources say — and given the Kings’ shaky point guard situation, it’s tempting to build deals sending Dragic to Sacramento. A half-dozen other teams are searching for a long-term answer at point guard.” Lowe said.
The Miami Heat just lost two of their key players this summer where Dwyane Wade decided to join the Chicago Bulls and Chris Bosh still sidelined due to blood clot issues. With all their ‘Big Three’ gone, the Heat are now questionable to be a contender in the East.
In a suggested trade scenario, the Heat will be trading Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic to Sacramento in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay. With the Kings predicted to suffer another disappointing season, Cousins is expected to leave when he becomes a free agent in 2018. Boogie is undeniably one of the best centers in the league right now.
However, it seems like he’s not the man that can end the Kings’ playoff drought. If this trade happens, the Kings will be having a reliable point guard, Goran Dragic, which they really need to address their backcourt problem. Rudy Gay has already informed the Kings that he will decline his player option and become a free agent next summer.
Trading him now will be the best move for the Kings than losing him in next year’s free agency without getting anything in return. For the Heat, there is no doubt that DeMarcus Cousins is an upgrade at 5 while Rudy Gay will be useful in spacing the floor since the Heat lack of accurate shooters.
NBA fans should note that these are just rumors that may or may not happen before the trade deadline. If the Heat and the Kings see a need to improve on their roster, expect them to make a move.
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