Sacramento Kings Trade: Three-team swap sends DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to Thunder

By Peter Erick Magbanua@dakelsmb on
Rudy Gay of the Sacramento Kings
PHOTOGRAPH: Michael Tipton/Flickr | Rudy Gay of the Sacramento Kings

Frustrations continue to grow within the Sacramento Kings organization with its potential leaders asking for a trade. Rumors of a three-team swap would send DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay to Oklahoma City Thunder.

In the supposed deal, it would include the Kings, Thunder and Milwaukee Bucks. If the deal pushes through, the Kings would receive Enes Kanter, Victor Oladipo, Jarabi Parker, and Andre Roberson. For the Thunder, aside from Cousins and Gay, they would also get Michael Beasley. Completing the deal, the Bucks would then receive Serbian national Joffrey Lauvergne and Ben McLemore.

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With the deal, the Kings start their rebuilding process to avoid further damage to their very low morale this season. Getting Kanter, Oladipo, and Roberson gives the Kings no superstar to worry about and build a solid team work. They could simply overhaul their starters with TY Lawson, Oladipo, Parker, Omri Casspi, and Kanter.

Meanwhile, Roberson could lead the second unit together with Darren Collison, Matt Barnes, and Kosta Koufos. The rebuild will certainly take its toll on the Kings this season, but hopefully, they could bounce back. They can also do an offseason deal and may get lucky with a draft as well.

Consequently, the deal will give the Thunder a major boost in getting both Cousins and Gay. Not to mention their addition of Beasley as well. The Thunder themselves also look to fortify their roster to give them that chance going to the playoffs. Having a solid rim protector would further boost their chances giving Russell Westbrook more room to work outside.

Aside from that, the Thunder also gets Westbrook solid wingmen behind Gay, whom the Thunder always wanted to get. Meanwhile, Beasley would be solid with the second unit as well along with Steven Adams.

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The deal would also give the Bucks the needed boost with McLemore and Lauvergne. This would give them more scoring options along with Giannis Antetokounmpo and may revive Greg Monroe’s value with the team.

Aside from the fact that ESPN’s trade machine agrees with the deal as per salary cap-and-trade rules. All of the teams get what they want and move on from there. Many would criticize the deal but in the end, teams get to improve their chances for the postseason.

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