Just as the day turns to night, we’re at it again with the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors. And wouldn’t you know it — Charlotte is right in the middle of the circus.
The Bobcats were linked to Cousins back at the beginning of the year and QCH discussed it. Personally, I hated it at the time + it still makes me sick to my stomach to think the rebuilding effort would end with this franchise investing in this troubled athlete.
Here’s what ESPN’s Chad Ford had to say about who might be interested in trading for Cousins now that the new ownership might look to wash their hands with the failed (so far) experiment —
The Cavs won’t be the only team calling the Kings once they get a new GM in place. Sources say that the Charlotte Bobcats and Dallas Mavericks also will have interest in Cousins if Sacramento’s new management decides to cut ties with Cousins.
Bobcats owner Michael Jordan doesn’t want to be mired in the rebuilding process forever. If the No. 4 pick could net him an established low-post scorer, he’d bite. Cousins would be more of a “Plan C” for the Mavs if both Chris Paul and Dwight Howard decide not to join the Mavs this summer, but Cousins would give them a young presence in the paint to build around.
Cousins has enormous talent, but his off- and on-court antics caused major issues in Sacramento the past few years. Will new ownership, management and coaching be able to help him right the ship? Or would the Kings be better off trading him now and get a high pick in this year’s draft? They won’t get a huge offer because he’s a perceived troublemaker who is going into the final year of his contract before he hits restricted free agency. Getting a high lottery pick might be the best the Kings can hope for.
Cousins is a very talented player and is one of the best frontcourt scorers the NBA, but any team is playing with fire by trading for him. To me, he fits with a franchise that already has demanding veteran personalities that won’t allow Cousins to act like a baby everytime something doesn’t go his way. That’s obviously not the culture that’s in place in Charlotte currently, and it seems as if trading for an immature player would be shooting yourself in the foot since a large portion of the rebuilding effort has been based around high character, youthful players.
There’s no denying Cousins talent — 2012-13: 17.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 46.5 FG% & 20.21 PER. There’s also no denying the fact that there are talented players in the NBA that you simply don’t win with — Cousins fits in that category, and in my opinion, always will.