Rumors and speculations are now swirling around the Boston Celtics who are reportedly considering DeMarcus Cousins as ‘Plan B’ if they fail to get Blake Griffin from the Los Angeles Clippers via trade.
The Boston Celtics are currently upgrading their roster to build a title contender team next season. In the recent NBA free agency, they succeeded to acquire Al Horford but failed to sign their top target Kevin Durant. However, Celtics GM Danny Ainge and owner Wyc Grousbeck said that they are still not done yet this summer.
Celtics still probing for deals. Some offers still standing, but right now nothing imminent. (Though all it takes is 1 call to change that)
— Adam Himmelsbach (@AdamHimmelsbach) July 10, 2016
“Well, I feel the phones are definitely ringing. Danny is definitely talking to people for sure, and has indicated that our work is not yet done,” Grousbeck said at the Celtics practice facility in Waltham. “But I’ve got to say that I feel good about this team and I feel patient. We have draft picks coming up. We have a long-term strategy. I don’t just want [Banner] 18. I want 19 and 20.”
Keith Smith of RealGM reported that during the Las Vegas Summer League, there were rumors that the Boston Celtics are interested in trading for Blake Griffin. The three-team deal will be involving Jae Crowder, Rudy Gay and Blake Griffin.
To clarify my earlier tweet: BOS would get Griffin, LAC would get Gay and SAC would get Crowder. Other pieces also involved.
— Keith Smith (@KeithSmithNBA) July 11, 2016
However, the trade pieces that include Rudy Gay, the Kings will be sending to the Clippers will surely be not enough to close the deal. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers already stated in the past that they will not be trading any of their ‘Big Three’.
Nolan Connor of Celtics Life reported that Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck does not want a player with off-court issues on his team. There are speculations that Blake Griffin could be the player that he is referring to.
The Boston Celtics and the Sacramento Kings will be good trade partners in many different ways. The Celtics are currently in need of a superstar center and DeMarcus Cousins is the perfect fit for the role. The Celtics own the Brooklyn Nets first-round picks in the next two years.
The Sacramento Kings are obviously not a contender team next season so trading DeMarcus Cousins for first round picks and starters will make sense. If the deal succeeds, the Cousins-Horford tandem will surely be the most dominant frontcourt duo in the 2016-17 NBA season.
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