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Could the Wizards land DeMarcus Cousins?

Dec 30, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins AP

Over the course of the next few months, we’re going to hear an awful lot of trade speculation regarding DeMarcus Cousins. Different trade scenarios will surface, and all the while, the Kings will likely hold the public position that they “have no interest in trading Cousins” right up until they actually do it.

The latest team to have interest in acquiring Cousins? The Washington Wizards. Dan Fegan, recently hired by Cousins, is also the agent for Wizards point guard and Cousins’ former Kentucky teammate John Wall. It makes sense that the two would want to play together again and that Fegan would want to stick them in the same city. There’s nothing agents love more than having multiple clients on the same team. Here’s Sam Amick of USA Today on the Wizards as a landing spot:

“While Cousins has insisted publicly that he does not want to be traded, his story has been different privately. The recent hiring of influential agent Dan Fegan has led to the widespread assumption within the organization that Cousins will eventually demand a trade. Specifically, two people close to the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation said a trade to the Washington Wizards would be considered ideal for Cousins and Fegan because Cousins could rejoin former Kentucky teammate and fellow Fegan client, point guard John Wall. The Wizards, who are known to have expressed recent interest in Cousins, have been told by the Kings that they have no intention of trading him

The Denver Nuggets, Detroit Pistons, Houston Rockets and Boston Celtics have been among the teams that have shown interest in the past on gambling with the player who could become the most dominant big man in the game. But will Petrie still be at the helm by the time the Feb. 21 trading deadline arrives? Will he be allowed to make franchise-altering moves such as these if his time in Sacramento is nearing an end?”

Sam Amick | USA Today

I’m not so sure I would call a trade to the 4-24 Washington Wizards “ideal”. Cousins could stand to be in a winning environment with a proven track record for player development, and that ain’t Washington. However, a fresh start anywhere would likely help, and Wall’s presence is apparently enough to make Washington a desired landing spot for Fegan and Cousins.

The question comes down to what the Wizards are willing to offer. Nene has voiced his frustration in Washington, so perhaps a swap of brooding big men (and a bigger contract like John Salmons included to even it out) would interest both teams.

But all that comes back to Amick’s point about Sacramento’s uncertain future as a whole. Will Petrie be enabled to make a move? Either way, the phones are going to keep ringing. Dan Fegan will be on line one, and opposing teams will be on lines two, three and four. This isn’t going to go away until Cousins is on a plane out of Sacramento.

  1. cmart0907 - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:43 PM

    He will re-unite with john wall. But the wizards need more than dmc.

  2. connorchew - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    they’d do good things together. i think wall has gotten to the point where he’s a leader and would keep cousins in check. not a wizards fan, but id like to see this happen

    • moseskkim - Dec 30, 2012 at 7:36 PM

      That would be a terrible fit. Cousins needs a good winning atmosphere full of veterans that can nurture him. Memphis helped zbo grow.. Kinda like that. Detroit with Rasheed. Though Boston has struggled, that would be a good spot although Boston has no desirable chips to trade with the level of talent that cousins possesses.

      • moseskkim - Dec 30, 2012 at 7:39 PM

        Houston might be a good spot. Parsons, Patterson, 1st should be good. Parsons has played very well and kings need a 3. Patterson has shown he can score and battle down low. Had a good stretch of 20 pt games.

  3. jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    Robin Lopez, Al-Farouq Aminu, and next year’s 1st for Cousins, Tyler Honeycutt, and Travis Outlaw! Cousins, Davis, Anderson, Gordon, Rivers, and Vasquez would be an unstoppable group

    • jimmygrahamchrisivory - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:03 PM

      Cousins and Davis has the Kentucky connection as well . That would be a very dangerous duo at PF-C

  4. mazblast - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:05 PM

    Look for Cousins to be playing for Miami soon, as they are in desperate need of a big man who can play physically and David Stern is desperate for his dream Heat-Lakers matchup in the so pretentiously named “The Finals”. If the deal goes down, rest assured that the Kings will get screwed, as that’s the only kind of deal Little Caesar will allow for a franchise he hates.

  5. bws2390 - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Dude there’s no way sac trades cousins for robin lopez and aminu!

    • bigmeechy74 - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      Lol fans of teams are so ridiculous. For example, every Yankees fans thinks every player should be available for them. “We could get Bryce Harper for Phil Hughes and Brett Gardner!”

      • leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Dec 30, 2012 at 6:24 PM

        And of course, the response of every Lakers fan ever to any star they hear might be available:

        “Player we’re tired of(usually Gasol) plus worthless bench player for superstar! DO IT MITCH!!!!!”

      • bigmeechy74 - Dec 30, 2012 at 8:14 PM

        Haha exactly. In fact I’m on hardball talk right now and a blue jays fan just posted something similarly absurd.

    • 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2012 at 6:34 PM

      That would be the hiest of a lifetime!

      • loungefly74 - Dec 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM

        okay…malt…had a dream (serious)…cousins and some other Kings go to LA for Pau…crazy, right?

      • 00maltliquor - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:26 AM

        LoL! Serious, that was a real dream??

        Yeah, a lil’ too crazy. Cousins is dope but there is one big issue I have with him….he also is A dope. I wouldn’t do it. Plus if Pau and D12 seemingly don’t work (they can, and will btw), what you think would happen with D12 AND Big Cuz clogging the paint even more? Cuz can shoot from 18 feet away, but nothing like Pau. Plus, I don’t want to deal with the migrane know as DeMarcus.

        But if there are a bunch of other little pieces in that trade I may have to look at it. Laugh all you want but SAC got a bunch of players I wouldn’t mind having! I would literally welcome anyone on that team not named Fransico Garcia with open arms!…and if Steve Blake was part of the deal going out then that may be enough for me to say yes to just off of getting rid of him alone!

  6. money2long - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    i wish there were some speculative trade scenarios included in this piece to see how a potential deal with the wizards would look.

    i’m assuming any deal between the two teams would involve bradley beal and draft picks. but to make the money work of course, nene may be switching teams i’m guessing. but would the kings even want beal? i think they may have more interest in a forward. but there are no tantalizing SFs on the wizards roster anyway.

    i would love to see a wall/cousins reunion, and i wonder if all cousins needs to stay on track is someone he is familiar with. he and wall probably bagged college broads together.

  7. cameltoehoe - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    Betcha Cousins is regretting threatening the GSW in the 2010 Draft not to consider him. Now GSW is 21-10 & GSW is the only team Cousins wants to get up for. Would like to see Washington end up with him.

  8. reupjosh - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    …because DC’s great locker room culture would be perfect for him.

  9. 00maltliquor - Dec 30, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I thought they were trying to clean up their locker room by getting rid of all their boneheads last year, only to try and get the biggest one of all? Ummmm…WHATTT?

    Although I would love to see Wall and Cousins together again. That would be pretty cool.

  10. kvanhorn87 - Dec 30, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Are the Sixers gun shy after the Bynum deal? Time to double down. Bring in cousins to play with Bynum next year.

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