The Sacramento Kings became the center of NBA rumors after some of their players are reportedly on the trading block. A recent report claimed that the Boston Celtics are interested in acquiring veteran small forward Omri Casspi and star center DeMarcus Cousins.
The Boston Celtics are one of the NBA teams who dreamt of contending for the title in the 2016-17 NBA season. They have succeeded to improve their roster this summer with the acquisition of Al Horford in the free agency. However, general manager Danny Ainge revealed that they have not been done yet in upgrading their roster, leading to the speculations that the Celtics will continue to be aggressive on the trade market before the February deadline.
In the past months, there were speculations that the Celtics were inquiring about the availability of DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings have shut down rumors surrounding “Boogie” but some NBA executives revealed that the hot-headed big man will be dealt this season.
“I’d say they have three months, tops,” one Western Conference general manager told Sporting News, requesting anonymity because he is not allowed to speak about other teams’ players. “Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the (February trade) deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”
Another Kings’ player who is reportedly on the Celtics’ radar is veteran small forward Omri Casspi. According to an Israeli website, Casspi is unhappy with his current situation in Sacramento and wanted to be traded to another team. Several NBA teams have reportedly expressed their interest on Casspi, including the Toronto Raptors, New York Knicks, and the Boston Celtics.
Celtics head coach Brad Stevens revealed in the recent offseason that shooting was their main priority this summer. In the past two seasons, Omri Casspi posted 40 percent on the three-point range, which could be a big help for the Celtics. If the Celtics will pursue DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi from the Kings, they will surely need to give up at least one of the Brooklyn’s picks.
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