An NBA analyst believed that the Sacramento Kings should trade DeMarcus Cousins before the deadline. With the Kings projected to extend their playoff drought, Boogie’s departure in the 2018 NBA free agency is inevitable.
DeMarcus Cousins has been frequently mentioned in various trade rumors in the past months. The rumors fired up in the 2016 NBA draft when the Sacramento Kings selected Georgios Papagiannis and Skal Labissiere who play the same position as Boogie. Their backcourt problem worsened when Rajon Rondo left in free agency and joined the Chicago Bulls.
Darren Collison, the Kings projected starting point guard in the upcoming season, will be suspended for eight games after his recent guilty plea on a misdemeanor charge of domestic battery. Recently, rumors have been circulating that the Kings will be trading Collison and Rudy Gay to the Miami Heat for Goran Dragic.
However, with the departure of Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh sidelined due to blood clot issues, trading Dragic for two players whose contracts are about to expire next summer seems unlikely. In the ESPN Summer Forecast, the Kings are projected to finish in the 13th spot in the Western Conference with a win-loss record of 30-52.
This is quite expected as the Kings failed to surround DeMarcus Cousins with quality players this offseason. According to Moke Hamilton of Basketball Insider, the Kings should consider trading Boogie now.
“Now, as Cousins arrives at the penultimate year of his current contract, despite coming off of an incredible season, the wisest thing for the organization to do is to deal him now. It may sound crazy, but if it does, ask yourself two questions. First, are the Kings likely to become a contender over the next two seasons? Second, will Cousins’ trade value increase between now and July 1, 2018?”
“The answers are “no,” and “probably not,” respectively. So why delay the inevitable?” Hamilton wrote.
NBA teams like the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers have been reportedly interested in acquiring DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings. If they will consider trading him now, asking for at least two future first-round picks in return and a couple of young assets will speed up the Kings’ rebuilding process.
Trading a franchise player would be one of the toughest decisions an NBA team will make. However, despite having one of the most dominant big men in the league, the Kings still fail to end their playoff drought. If they struggle another disappointing season, they should consider trading DeMarcus Cousins now than losing him in the 2018 NBA free agency without getting anything in return.
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