Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Sacramento Kings and the Oklahoma City Thunder who are reportedly having trade talks involving Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos, Ben McLemore and Russell Westbrook.
The Sacramento Kings have been reportedly shopping Rudy Gay, Kosta Koufos and Ben McLemore, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein. The Kings have been receiving multiple interests from other NBA teams but seemed like none of the offers could make them close the deal.
Continue to hear that the Kings have fielded multiple calls on Gay, Koufos and McLemore. Plenty of interest. Not giving them away for free.
— James Ham (@James_HamNBCS) July 10, 2016
DeMarcus Cousin expressed his disappointment with the Sacramento Kings’ picks in the recent 2016 NBA draft. The Sacramento Kings drafted Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere giving them a crowded frontcourt. Many were expecting that the Kings will prioritize to boost their backcourt but they did the opposite, making ‘Boogie’ disappointed.
Lord give me the strength 🙏🏿
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 24, 2016
On the other hand, the Oklahoma City Thunder are threatened to lose Russell Westbrook after Kevin Durant decided to join the Golden State Warriors. There were reports saying the Westbrook is not interested in signing an extension with the Thunder and decided to become an unrestricted free agent next year.
According to Jason McIntyre of The Big Lead, the Thunder should consider trading him than letting him go in 2017 NBA free agency without getting anything in return. There will surely be lots of NBA teams who are ready to take the risk in order to acquire the 27-year-old NBA superstar.
Russell Westbrook is currently one of the best players in the league. Some analysts call him as a ‘walking triple-double’ because of his impressive performance every game. The Sacramento Kings should give a shot for the Thunder superstar.
The 27-year-old point guard could be a good tandem with DeMarcus Cousins. Despite doing good in the past seasons, Boogie seemed to be disappointed with his team’s poor performance. Acquiring superstar will surely give them the chance to reach a higher level next season.
If the Thunder trade Westbrook today, they would also be trading away the right to sign him to a contract that puts them over the salary cap and the right to sign him to a five-year deal with 7.5 percent raise increases per year.
If the Westbrook-Cousins tandem works out next season, there is a higher possibility that he will stay. Having two NBA superstars in a team can lure big names in next year’s free agency giving the Sacramento Kings the chance to build a tougher team in the future.
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