The new NBA season outlook for the Portland Trail Blazers is positive according to most NBA experts. Some look at them as a team good enough to make the top four in the Western Conference and be a dangerous team in the NBA Playoffs.
However, one trade suggestion, which would start new NBA rumors, would make Rip City turn from playoffs to serious title contenders in a hurry. Portland should acquire superstar center DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings this season in a trade that involves star guard C.J. McCollum.
Why DeMarcus Cousins to Portland Trail Blazers makes sense
If this Portland-Sacramento trade happens, the Trail Blazers will become one of the top teams in the West with the duo of superstar point guard Damian Lillard and Cousins leading the team. Giving up McCollum will be tough but teams can’t pass up on acquiring a great big man like Cousins if they have a chance.
Cousins will start at power forward in Portland and there will be worthy replacements in McCollum’s shooting guard spot with the Trail Blazers. Wingmen like Allen Crabbe, Moe Harkless and Evan Turner can step up in the backcourt with Lillard.
Why C.J. McCollum to Sacramento Kings makes sense
The Kings made some head coaching changes in the offseason to try to convince Cousins to stay long-term in Sacramento. The big man is under contract for the next two seasons and the hiring of Dave Joerger will help the Kings’ case in trying to convince Cousins that they will build a winning culture in Sacramento.
However, the Kings are still on rebuilding and the next two seasons is likely not enough to turn them into serious playoff contenders.
The Kings want to avoid the Kevin Durant-OKC situation. Just this summer, Durant left money on the table just to form a “Super Team” like the Golden State Warriors. The OKC Thunder got nothing from their superstar and the Kings are taking notes with the Cousins’ free agency situation in 2018.
Getting McCollum will be a good exchange for a Kings franchise, which will look to demand a young player and future first round picks in trading Cousins. The Blazers can add a draft pick to add more value for the Kings.
The DeMarcus Cousins for C.J. McCollum trade rumors would be difficult to accomplish because of the “poison pill provision” because McCollum recently signed a contract extension. But it’s a trade the Kings and Trail Blazers may want to look at if they want to improve their future outlook and their chance to win the title in the new NBA season.
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