The Boston Celtics fell to the Atlanta Hawks in Game 6, 104-92 on Thursday and were exposed as a team not ready to go deep in the 2016 NBA Playoffs. With their season over, NBA rumors of the Celtics trying to add a superstar, particularly DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings, will hog the headlines of Boston’s offseason.
Cousins is the franchise player in Sacramento but has had a controversial and troubled stint with the Kings. If Sacramento decides to move into another direction and continue their rebuilding process without Cousins, then the depth of the Celtics, who can offer starters and high draft picks, is something they might consider this 2016 offseason.
The Celtics have the assets to make a major deal this summer and with a disappointing first round exit, Boston general manager Danny Ainge is expected to listen to possible deals. Like in the trade deadline week this year, Boston will again be part of NBA rumors as they search for a superstar that can complement the depth of the team.
The Celtics are deep in the guard position with Isaiah Thomas, Marcus Smart and Avery Bradley so they can choose to give up one of those players in trying to get Cousins. The Kings won’t do a one-for-one deal because of Cousins’ contract so Boston has to add more, players like Jae Crowder, Evan Turner or big men Kelly Olynyk and Tyler Zeller.
The Kings also want a superstar back in return for Cousins and the Celtics can give them that by giving up this year’s lottery selection, which is projected to be as high as No. 3 or even higher if they get lucky. The top picks in the 2016 NBA Draft set in June are Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram Buddy Hield, Dragan Bender and Jamal Murray, all of whom have the potential to be an NBA franchise player.
Should the Kings give up on Cousins already? Should the Celtics blow up this current core and get a superstar? Both Boston and Sacramento are already eliminated this season and expect both to be mentioned in NBA rumors throughout the offseason.
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