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Report: Celtics, Mavericks among four teams trying to work Cousins trade

Dec 31, 2012, 10:53 AM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins, Harrions Barnes AP

Know this — the scenario about to be laid out tells you what DeMarcus Cousins and his people are thinking and hoping for. What it does not do is tell you the reality of the situation. Not in the least.

The reality here is a complex dynamic that starts with Cousins firing his long-time agent and hiring Dan Fegan, the guy who brought us the Dwightmare and an agent known for getting his players traded if they want out of somewhere.

I don’t think there is any doubt Cousins wants out of Sacramento, which leads us to a report from the well-connected Kentucky Sports Radio (hat tip to Tom Ziller for this one):

Today KSR has spoken with a source close to DeMarcus Cousins both that confirms trade talks are ongoing and Cousins is hoping a deal will be worked out soon. According to the source, the four teams that are most likely to end up making such a deal for cousins are Boston, Dallas, Orlando and Charlotte. The USA Today story reported that Detroit, Houston and Washington are also potential destinations, but the source tells KSR that Cousins has been told those are all unlikely for a variety of reasons.

Let’s start here — it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that KSR’s sources here are pretty one sided. This is Cousins dream scenario, to get traded to a team where he can win and/or be a franchise anchor going forward.

What this ignores is the entire Kings side of the equation. There we have the Maloof brothers, who own the team, are big fans of Cousins and are not interested in trading him, reports Sam Amick of USA Today.

The decision to reinstate Cousins on Dec. 24 was made unilaterally by the team’s owners and went against the wishes and planned protocol of the team’s front office, according to three people with knowledge of the situation who spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation. Specifically, one person with knowledge of the situation said Kings co-owner Gavin Maloof initiated a dialogue with Cousins on Dec. 23, had him discuss the situation with Smart and then made it clear that Cousins would return to the team the following day at practice…

The team’s uncertain status in remaining in Sacramento could be causing a ripple effect here, as well. The Maloofs have long since targeted Cousins as the prized asset of their organization and have been extremely reluctant to trade him thus far.

All this has reportedly frustrated long-time general manager Geoff Petrie, but Petrie is essentially a lame-duck GM who will not be back with the team after his contract expires this summer.

So the problem with trading Cousins start with the owners don’t really want do and may well veto any deals.

Next problem: The offers the Kings will get. The deals the listed teams can offer are not going to thrill Sacramento — they are giving up a potential franchise player and in return they will want good young players and picks to rebuild with. What’s more, the Kings are not loaded with horrific oversized deal to balance out a big trade. Plus the Kings have a full roster of guaranteed deals so they are not looking for 3-for-1 deals.

Boston can offer two nice role players where there are injury concerns in Avery Bradley (coming off shoulder surgery) and Jared Sullinger (his medical red flags at the draft were about how long he could last in the league). Then who you going to throw in, Fab Melo? The Celtics are desperate for big man help but are leaving him in the D-League. Nobody wants Jeff Green on his contract. Honestly, the only player that fits the Kings needs is Rajon Rondo and obviously Boston isn’t moving him.

Then go down the list, Dallas has squat on that roster in terms of young quality players. Orlando can throw out there Andrew Nicholson, Mo Harkless and maybe Gustavo Ayon, but that shouldn’t get the job done without a lot of picks. And even them probably not. Charlotte has Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and squat else.

All of which is to say, there is going to be a lot of Cousins trade talk as Fegan tries to work his “magic” but he has a long way to go. First he has to find a deal that doesn’t totally suck, which doesn’t easily appear among the teams mentioned. Then he has to convince Kings ownership — which is distracted by trying to find someone to build them an arena in another city — to give up the guy they want to build around. Good luck with that.

A trade of Cousins is certainly not impossible, but the idea of soon and to the teams currently in play is highly unlikely.

More likely, this just ends badly.

  1. thekingdave - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    I fail to see how Dallas is a realistic destination while Houston is given the Mavs complete lack of desirable assets.

  2. bucs24 - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:14 AM

    Trade Gasol

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      you drunk already…………

    • saint1997 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:53 PM

      why the hell does everything have to revolve around the silly little pathetic lakers. I swear every bloody time a trade comes some stupid Lakers fan (and there are smart Lakers fans though most are dumb) suggests trading some useless asset they don’t want for a serious talent!! Unbelievable

  3. drunkenjunk - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM

    Collison and Kaman for Cousins? Please? Also, you’re high if you think Bradley is leaving the Celtics.

    • fanofevilempire - Dec 31, 2012 at 11:53 AM

      you would have to be drunk to even suggest this you drunkard!

      • saint1997 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:54 PM

        You’re calling out everyone on their drunkeness today! :)

  4. florida727 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    In Boston, the over/under on a practice day fight between Cousins and KG would be 27 minutes. Place your bets early and often.

    • gpatrick15 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

      KG would never fight Cousins. He picks on smaller or meeker players, and backs down to anyone willing to give him a go.

      • jjordannba - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:08 PM

        There are many players Demarcus Cousins size that KG has messed with

  5. gpatrick15 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:08 PM

    In Kurts’ mind, trades never happen. It’s going to happen, maybe not the the teams listed, but it’s inevitable at this point. It may not even happen this season, but it will happen. They may even replace Keith Smart first, and then do it. Why would a team give up the farm for a troubled big man with maturity issues? He’s very talented, and could go on to become the best center in the league if he wants to. But he’s not worth giving up that much in return for, not yet. His maturity issues and inconsistency will continue to keep his trade value low for the time being. If Houston hadn’t swung the James Harden trade, Cousins will already be in a Rockets uniform.

  6. pl4tinum514 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    3 way deal… Cousins to the Cavs. Kings get picks and Varejao. Varejao to OKC for more picks. Don’t know if it would work, but it might?

    • pl4tinum514 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Well, these trades work:

      CLE get Cousins, Salmons, Perkins
      OKC get Varejao
      SAC get Lamb, Zeller + picks from both CLE & OKC

      • pl4tinum514 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:37 PM

        Cavs eat a ton of contracts, but they’ve never been afraid to do that in the past thanks to Dan Gilbert. SAC gets a couple of young prospects, a top 5 pick from the Cavs, and a top 10 pick from OKC (Toronto’s pick), maybe even another 1st rounder from the Cavs as they also have Miami’s pick, or Cavs next year’s pick, or 2nd rounder… OKC gets Anderson Varejao and unloads Perkins ugly contract. Varejao has a PER of 23 and Perkins 7.8… NBA Trade Machine estimates OKC’s win total goes up by 8. That’s pretty insane, if you know the NTM pretty well.

      • cmehustle - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:46 PM

        Wow that was pretty impressive! Usually people post trades that make absolutely no sense or a trade that no one from the Kings would accept because they only look at it one sided. But your trades took all three teams needs into account and its hard to say that wont happen. Great job, I can see all the teams going with that one.

      • rjlink1 - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:39 PM

        C’mon now. The Kings are giving up a “franchise” player in their (and their fans’) mind. Lamb, Zeller and picks that could be out of the top 5 aren’t going to get it done. There is NO need for them to panic trade the guy, since they’re not making the playoffs this year anyway.

        Wait for some sucker to trade them a valuable piece in exchange for the next Derrick Coleman.

      • saint1997 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        I like that! SAC would have to get a LOT of picks however

    • saint1997 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:57 PM

      It would only work if you managed to clone Varejao (re read your post)

  7. themagicfanguy - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:21 PM

    Nicholson, Harkless, and Vucevic, instead of Ayon. Add in some picks and maybe Moore…? Probably won’t happen, but it’d sure be nice.
    Now my hopes are up :(

  8. nygsbchamps4 - Dec 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    The nets should jump in and offer brook Lopez and anyone on the roster the kings want, well except D-Will, I suppose. To be more specific, I would offer Lopez, Marshon Brooks, and CJ Watson.

    • saint1997 - Dec 31, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      haha why? Brook is playing better and a lot more stable than cousins

  9. norcaldeportes - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Ladies and Gentlemen… The Sacramento Kings. LOL.

  10. detroitrollin22 - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    Don’t understand why Detroit is still a potential landing spot for Cousins. We have Greg Monroe, who’s just as good as Cousins, and Andre Drummond, who has the potential to be one of the most dominating rebounders in the game.

  11. themagicfanguy - Dec 31, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Come on Magic! Make it happen!

    • raidmagic - Dec 31, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      I’d like to see it happen but not at the expense of Andrew Nicholson. He’s going to be a star in this league.

    • halfbaht - Dec 31, 2012 at 6:51 PM

      why would a team, who is blatantly trying to get worse to get better try and trade for cousins? tyreke evans maybe lol

  12. mazblast - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:03 AM

    If David Stern decides Cousins can help one of his Designated Winners, cousins will go there, no matter how little is offered and how much the Maloofs want to keep him. Otherwise, Stern will actively work against the Maloofs’ hoped-for team move to Anaheim. The Troll knows how to work the blackmail racket.

  13. canadatude - Jan 1, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    The Raptors are looking to move Bargnani. They have other bigs and lots of wings to package with him. Dark horse?

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