DeMarcus Cousins is without a doubt the best center in the NBA. However, Cousins has been stuck on a continuously mediocre Kings team. Cousins has never made the playoffs in his long seven years in the NBA. With his anger and frustration mounting, it seems about time for Cousins and Sacramento to go their separate ways.
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Cousins has been the subject of trade rumors on and off for years, but this season, a move could become a reality. If he stays another few years in Sacramento, he will suffer through more losing seasons, more disappointments and more frustration. Now is the time for the Kings to rebuild their team by trading their increasingly disgruntled center for younger players and draft picks.
Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins and Ben McLemore
Boston Celtics – Avery Bradley, Marcus Smart, 2018 1st round pick
Cousins would give Boston the missing piece they desperately need to contend: a star center who could free up Al Horford to return to his natural position of power forward. There is only one problem: Cousins and Isaiah Thomas have played together in the past and did not get along. If the duo can set their differences aside to focus on winning a title, the trade could pay off massively for Boston.
Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins and Garrett Temple
Los Angeles Lakers – Jordan Clarkson, Nick Young, Tarik Black and 2017 1st round pick
Cousins would not be taking an immediate step toward championship contention by going to Los Angeles, but he would fit in very well with their lineup. The Lakers are an unselfish team that does not have a star. If Cousins was traded to LA, he could turn the Lakers into a prime destination for star free agents. If everything were to go right, the Lakers could improve rapidly.
Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins and Aron Afflalo
Denver Nuggets – Emmanuel Mudiay, Jusuf Nurkic and 2017 1st round pick
Cousins has a very strong connection to Nuggets coach Mike Malone. Cousins had never bonded with a coach until Malone arrived in Sacramento last season and got through to him. Then Sacramento did something very dumb that their star Cousins is still unhappy about: they fired Malone. If the two were to reunite, Denver would finally have the star they desperately need to become a playoff team.
Sacramento Kings – DeMarcus Cousins
Los Angeles Clippers – Blake Griffin
Trading Cousins for Griffin is a high-risk move, especially for the Clippers. If Cousins were unable to build chemistry with the high-maintenance Clipper lineup, things could get ugly. But if Cousins can fit in, the duo of him and Chris Paul could be deadly, and playing for LA would give Cousins a chance to get rid of the “good player on bad team” claim.