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NBA Rumors: Phoenix Suns targeting DeMarcus Cousins

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The Phoenix Suns want to join the DeMarcus Cousins’ sweepstakes even after reports that the Sacramento Kings big man is not available for trade this season. New reports on Tuesday claim that the Suns and the Kings have been in discussions about a possible deal for the center.

John Gambadoro of Arizona Sports is claiming that there have been serious talks about a DeMarcus Cousins to Phoenix Suns trade. Among the players mentioned in the Suns-Kings deal are center Alex Len and small forward T.J. Warren plus the 2017 first round pick. Gambadoro also claims that a couple of Suns, Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker, are two of the players “not in the deal.”

Cousins to Phoenix reportedly discussed

The pick is expected to be in the lottery if the Suns can’t improve their standing this season. So far this season, Phoenix has the worst record in the Western Conference with 15 wins against 33 losses. That is also the second worst in the entire league with only the Brooklyn Nets at 9-39 having a worse record.

The latest DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors is surprising since there were already talks that the Sacramento camp is not keen on trading their big man this season. The NBA trade deadline is on February 23 so this could just be trade speculation as that date approaches.

Here is the Gambadoro tweet that started the latest NBA trade rumors involving the Suns and Kings. In earlier tweets, he also said that he expects changes within the rotation of the Suns’ back ups later this season.

“I expect Suns to move Brandon Knight from backup point guard to backup 2-guard and Tyler Ulis to become the backup to Eric Bledsoe,” Gambadoro added.

The rumored Suns-Kings deal just does not make sense for both parties involved. Sacramento has repeated many times that Cousins is off-limits and that they plan to stick with the big man as their future franchise player.

Suns-Kings trade rumors do not make sense

With the new NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement about to be ratified, franchise players who stays with their teams can potentially earn a $200 million deal in their next contract extension. Cousins belong to this group and it’s very likely the Kings give him this huge deal since he is one of the best players in the league.

For the Suns, getting Cousins is nice but there is no assurance that he would want to stay in Phoenix when his contract expires next season. And even with Cousins this season, they will have a tough time battling for a playoff spot unless they make a major run in the second half of the season.

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