Shaquille O’Neal is a minority owner of the Sacramento Kings and in a recent interview he has alluded to the possibility of DeMarcus Cousins trade this season. Many experts and also Kings fans have criticized the big man’s “antics” and attitude and that has caused the team’s struggles again this season.
For the 2016-2017 NBA Season, Cousins is again one of the leaders in technical fouls called against them. The Kings franchise center has three technical fouls, tied for second place alongside Carmelo Anthony (New York Knicks) and John Wall (Washington Wizards). DeAndre Jordan tops the league with four techs.
The Kings are just 4-7 to start the new NBA season. There were speculations that Cousins will be a “changed man” this season with the arrival of new head coach Dave Joerger. However, it appears Joerger can’t also control his big man and has been erratic with referees for the most part this season.
Possible DeMarcus Cousins Trades:
According to Shaq, DeMarcus Cousins trade is a possibility this season so here are a few deals involving the big man. The Celtics and Lakers are heated rivals in the court but the race for Cousins can add another topic to their rivalry as both teams can offer the Kings deals they can’t refuse:
Kings-Lakers Trade:DeMarcus Cousins for Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and Jose Calderon plus future first round picks
Kings-Celtics Trade: DeMarcus Cousins for Amir Johnson, Jaylen Brown and a future first round pick (from Brooklyn Nets)
For both the Celtics and Lakers, the key is including a future first round pick to dangle in any DeMarcus Cousins trade. Boston have the better offer if the potential pick is considered because they’d be giving away the Nets’ pick which is projected to be a lottery pick next year.
However, the Lakers can offer two young guys in Russell and Randle, both of whom are projected to be stars or starters in the future.
Which rebuilding road will the Kings take? In a DeMarcus Cousins trade, are they better going for Los Angeles or Boston’s possible offer?
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