With Team USA rolling to the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, there is more drama off the court than inside the court. NBA trade rumors still surround some of the members of the squad in Brazil particularly DeMarcus Cousins, who has been involved in many speculations this summer.
Cousins has been linked to many NBA teams in the 2016 offseason including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics, among others.
The Cavaliers has an ace in Brazil with Kyrie Irving, their starting point guard, being a member of Team USA and can try to recruit the Sacramento Kings big man.
How is DeMarcus Cousins to Cleveland possible?
Cleveland can not directly sign Cousins because the center is under contract in Sacramento until the 2017-2018 season, or has two years left in his deal with the Kings.
However, Cousins can demand a trade out of Sacramento and the Kings may be willing to part with their franchise player if they get good value in return.
Cousins has been in many controversies and NBA trade rumors in Sacramento, though general manager and former player Vlade Divac stated they won’t trade away their big man, there is growing concern in Sacramento that they might lose their big man for nothing when he hits free agency in 2018.
There are already cases of stars leaving their respective franchises for nothing this 2016 offseason.
Kevin Durant went the Golden State Warriors and left the Oklahoma City Thunder, Al Horford left the Atlanta Hawks and joined the Boston Celtics, the Kings could be worried that the same situation could happen to them two years from now.
Irving recruiting Cousins like James and Wade conspired to play in 2010
In 2010, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade teamed up with the Miami Heat along with star forward Chris Bosh. NBA trade rumors then were that the trio already talked about teaming up with each other during their stint in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Irving could get some advice from James on how he made the “Super Team” in Miami possible and try to get into Cousins head and ask him to demand a trade out of Sacramento.
Both Irving and Cousins are playing well for Team USA in Brazil and has shown great chemistry.
The Cavaliers can offer Kevin Love and future first round picks and the Kings might take the offer if they see no future with Cousins, if he wants out from the team.
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