DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento Kings highly interests Celtics, Detroit Pistons

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    DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento Kings highly interests Celtics, Detroit Pistons

    Boston Celtics trade rumors 2012: DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento Kings highly interests Celtics, Detroit Pistons

    Published: Saturday, December 29, 2012, 11:00 AM
    Jay King, MassLive.com
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    Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins is talented enough to make general managers whistle and immature enough to make them hesitant.

    If and when he's put on the trade market, according to ESPN, the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons have already "let it be known" they are highly interested.

    Cousins is averaging 16.5 points and 9.5 rebounds this season as a 22-year old in a Sacramento Kings organization that, from the outside, seems all kinds of screwy.

    But he's already been suspended three times this season: once on Nov. 9 after a verbal altercation with San Antonio Spurs announcer Sean Elliott, who had said some unflattering things about Cousins during a telecast; once on Dec. 11 for hitting Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo in the groin; and once last week for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team" following a verbal altercation with Kings head coach Keith Smart.

    ESPN reports that Kings general manager Geoff Petrie would be willing to move Cousins, but that ownership is hesitant about doing so. After his latest suspension, Cousins fired his agent and replaced him with Dan Fegan, who has what ESPN described as a "contentious history" with Sacramento.

    Why the size- and rebounding-starved Celtics would be interested in Cousins is obvious: He's a 6-foot-11, 270-pound youngster with the talent to be one of the NBA's very best centers for the next decade-plus. But president of basketball operations Danny Ainge would have to gauge exactly what type of impact Cousins' behavioral issues could make, and if being placed into a productive environment would help him mature.

     
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    ESPN:

    The early word from the DeMarcus Cousins trade watch, according to the latest rumbles on the personnel grapevine, is that Kings co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof remain reluctant in the extreme to part with their young big man, especially at a time when -- after three suspensions already this season -- Cousins' trade value isn't exactly on the upswing.

     

    There's a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term.

     

    Yet it's believed that the Maloofs just aren't ready yet to entertain the idea of parting with the mercurial center before the Feb. 21 trade deadline, not even after Cousins got suspended for turning on perhaps his biggest non-Maloof supporter in the organization by arguing so heatedly last weekend with Kings coach Keith Smart.

     

    Stay tuned, though. Cousins told USA Today's Sam Amick earlier this week that he won't be pushing for a trade, but Cousins' new agent -- Dan Fegan -- has a contentious history with Petrie after the Kings passed on Ricky Rubio to select Tyreke Evans in the 2009 draft. Trade speculation involving Cousins, now that Steve Nash has returned to calm the Trade Pau hysteria in Lakerland for the moment, is bound to be new favorite sport in 2013 in the slice of the Twitterverse devoted to the NBA.

     

    Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Rest assured there will be more.

     

    Even after all the warnings about the 22-year-old coming out of Kentucky and all the bad shots he's hoisted in Sacramento, where he doesn't seem interested in listening to anyone and also suffers from the lack of a proven point guard who can make the game easier for him, Cousins will continue to draw considerable interest because there are so few young bigs these days with his size, skill and mobility.

     
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    That is what we hear in Sacramneto with just a little more ergency.  Only time will tell.

     
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    id take him, for the right price. Obv cant give away Rondo, Pierce, KG, and im even hesitant about parting with Sully.

     
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    SB Nation:

    DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors: Celtics, Pistons interested 

    By Trevor Zickgraf on Dec 29,

    He's not officially on the trading block yet, but reports suggest that both the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons are interested in Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who returned to action Friday night after a two-game suspension.

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    The Feb. 15 trade deadline is still over six weeks away, but that hasn't quieted the rumor mill on Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, who returned to the team Friday night after a two-game suspension stemming from an argument with head coach Keith Smart.

    ESPN's Marc Stein writes that both the Boston Celtics and Detroit Pistons are interested in Cousins should the Kings make him available. Stein adds that despite extreme reservations from owners Joe and Gavin Maloof, Cousins could be put on the trading block in the next month and a half:

    "There's a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land."

    Cousins got in to an argument with Smart during the first half of a loss last Friday to the Los Angeles Clippers. The argument apparently spilled in to the Kings locker room at halftime, causing Smart to tell Cousins to stay in the locker room for the rest of the game. The next day the Kings suspended Cousins indefinitely. The team then announced his suspension had been lifted after one game, but Smart decided to sit Cousins for one more game after that. He was also suspended by the league earlier this season for an altercation involving San Antonio Spurs color commentator Sean Elliott.

    Cousins returned to the line up for Friday night's win over the Knicks where he tallied 15 points, 10 rebounds and five assists.

     
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    Celtics Hub:

    As to the match with the Celtics? Boston can offer dependable veterans of quality Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, and Courtney Lee although a package might have to include Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger or D-League monster Fab Melo. Some combination of those six guys might get the deal done, particularly if the Celtics are willing to absorb a bad Sacramento contract.

     
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    Bleacher Report:

    Whether a Cousins trade makes logistical sense remains to be seen. But if the Kings do shop the young big man, here are two teams that should pick up the phone immediately:

    Boston Celtics

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    I mean, did you watch Boston's no-show against the Clippers two nights ago? This team needs to be infused with energy, with sweet, dewy entropy. And Boogie Cousins is an agent of chaos.

    Grantland.com's Bill Simmons, the self-proclaimed "Picasso of the NBA Trade Machine," tweeted this potential deal for his beloved Celtics:

    Boogie + Garcia's contract for Lee/Sullinger/Melo/1st rounder! MT @espnnba: Kings suspend DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely es.pn/VYJhYO

    — Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 22, 2012

    That's a steep price for both teams to pay, but out of necessity, it's one they both have to make.

    The Celtics lose valuable depth in Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger, and also give up potential future pieces in Fab Melo and the pick. Lee and Sullinger are consummate team players, too, not needing to shoot every possession to be effective. In Sacramento, more than any other NBA city, that would be remarkably refreshing.

    For Boston, they'd take a much-needed burden off of Kevin Garnett in the paint. They'd also be banking on Garnett's ability to mold the big men around him. If he can even bring out 80 percent of Boogie's potential, the experiment would be considered a success.

    Pairing Cousins with fellow Kentucky alumnus, and contemporary knucklehead, Rajon Rondo is a minor cause for concern. But it's a risk the Celtics would be well-served to take.

     
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    Let's do this and get it over with.

     
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    I would love to get cousins if the price was right.

    The guy is a monster.

    What bad contracts do the Kings have that they might want the Celtics to take with him?

     
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    Wow, looking at their roster they have a bunch of bad contracts. Maybe we can get a 3rd team involved.

     
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    In response to JamezHill24's comment:
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    id take him, for the right price. Obv cant give away Rondo, Pierce, KG, and im even hesitant about parting with Sully.

    [/QUOTE] You would probably trade Collins, if the Kings threw in a #1 too, wouldn't you!! Where was it you were going to school at!!

     
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    JamezHill24 and Glenn Beck are similiar.  They both have a low basketball IQ and a lack of grace.

     
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    JamezHill24 and Glenn Beck are similiar.  They both have a low basketball IQ and a lack of grace.

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    you are the only one with a low basketball IQ...fact you have no IQ.....

     
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    In response to snakeoil123's comment:
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    I would love to get cousins if the price was right.

    The guy is a monster.

    What bad contracts do the Kings have that they might want the Celtics to take with him?

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    I probably will not do it.  Cousins seems to have mental issues.  Had to deal with a very productive employee with anger and judgement issues.  Created so many problems around him.  Finally, it was not worth it.

    If we are looking to get over the top, we don't want to have an unpredictable explosive to deal with as well.

     
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    In response to Eldunker's comment:
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    JamezHill24 and Glenn Beck are similiar.  They both have a low basketball IQ and a lack of grace.

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    you are the only one with a low basketball IQ...fact you have no IQ.....

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    What are you in 5th grade?  

     
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    In response to Eldunker's comment:
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    In response to raider3524's comment:
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    In response to Eldunker's comment:
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    JamezHill24 and Glenn Beck are similiar.  They both have a low basketball IQ and a lack of grace.

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    you are the only one with a low basketball IQ...fact you have no IQ.....

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    What are you in 5th grade?  

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    with all your yapping..thats what i thought you were.

     
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    Hope we get without without parting with Sully.

     
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    You don't make the move if you have to give up Sully, Melo, Lee and a 1st.  You could get Gortat for a lot less.  Hell youi can get Cousins for a lot less.   They hate him here!  You don't give up a future for a problem!

     
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    Re: DeMarcus Cousins of Sacramento Kings highly interests Celtics, Detroit Pistons

      The Sacramento situation is ...complicated (DeMarcus Cousins trade primer)

     

    By Jeff Clark on Dec 30, 5:50p 

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    Before you make your trade proposals for DeMarcus Cousins, first consider what is going on in Sactown.

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    DeMarcus Cousins has been all the rage around here (pun certainly intended) lately. The Kings are hosting the Celtics tonight so it only makes sense to take the latest rumor from Marc Stein and pull the threads a bit. The Celtics are interested, for sure, but what about the other side of the equation? Are the Kings interested in trading him? Well, yes, no, and maybe so.

    I spent some time reading over at Sactown Royalty (one of my favorite non-Celtic blogs anywhere) and feel a lot more educated about this subject than I was before. While I'd encourage you to do the same, I'll also try to summarize and interpret from a Celtics fan's point of view here.

    First of all, things are dysfunctional in Sacramento. This is important because somebody has to make a decision on Cousins and what his true value is. You'd think that would be the GM right? I mean, that's his job right? Not in Sacramento where Geoff Petrie is a lame duck GM apparently passing the time till retirement.

    The Maloofs reinstated DeMarcus Cousins, Geoff Petrie is done and more from Sam Amick - Sactown Royalty

    Petrie's record over the past seven years is such that the writing has been on the wall: he's no longer a good GM. He's terrible at managing a franchise, and only decent at spotting and acquiring talent. (The comparison between the Kings and Warriors over the last four years goes here.) The culture of the franchise is abysmal. Over the past two years, you can blame that on the Maloofs' wanderlust. Before that, you can credit Petrie. I maintain that this nasty situation with a winning team would have a much different complexion.

    So it isn't Petrie making the final call anymore, then it must be the Maloofs then, right? It is reported that they are "reluctant" to trade Cousins because his value is as low as it has ever been. That's not so much a basketball decision as it is a value one. In fact, all they really care about right now is value. They are preoccupied with selling the team. One reason they have been so adamantly against signing a long term lease in Sacramento is because if they sell to a new ownership group without a lease, that new group could move the team anywhere they want. That's worth more millions than just a team in Sacramento because there will be more bidders.

    What does all of this have to do with DeMarcus Cousins? Well, a lot actually.

    I'm no brain doctor or psychologist or anything like that, but from what I remember from school is that any personality is part nature and part nurture. Cousins has been flammable since college and likely since birth and he absolutely, positively has to take ownership of that. However, there's something to be said for the complete dysfunctional environment that he's in out there in Northern California. (Note: If you can't follow this analogy that I swiped from SR, then click the link and read the whole piece - it is worth it)

    DeMarcus Cousins blames woes on stress - Sactown Royalty

    This isn't to absolve Cousins, who absolutely knows he can't be yelling at his coach. But raise a Labrador in a wolf den and you're gonna get a wolf. When the chief wolf tells the Labrador to stop acting like a wolf and go to this doctor who will tell you how to stop being wolf ... that's not likely to be successful. I mean, how does Geoff Petrie or a Maloof seriously tell someone with a straight face to take some personal responsibility? For real?

    Great, so we've got a volatile player playing in a no-win situation and in his own words he's "stressed out" by all the losing. Management is telling him to seek counselling but they might need some of that counselling themselves. To sum up, things are not great there.

    That means an opportunity for the Celtics right? Buy low right? Stein said that they are looking for "veterans" so we can toss Jeff Green and Courtney Lee and Brandon Bassinto a trade machine blender and come up with enough of a milkshake to make them bite, right?

    Um, in a word, no.

    I went to Tom Ziller himself to get his take on it from a Sacramento perspective. Two things to keep in mind here - a) I respect Tom about as much as I respect any blogger - so trust him. b) On the other hand, he might be smarter than the current Kings management group, so you never know what could happen.

    1. The Kings aren't deep up front. Losing Cousins would leave just Jason ThompsonChuck Hayes and Thomas Robinson as traditional big man. James Johnson has been playing power forward more recently (and fairly well). But chances are that a deal sending out Cousins will require a big man coming back.

    2. The Kings don't really have bad contracts to attach to Cousins. Francisco Garcia's deal can expire this offseason. (The team has an option for 2013-14.) John Salmons' deal expires after 2013-14, and while it's above and beyond what Salmons is worth, he's a moderately useful player and the Kings don't lack for financial flexibility. Travis Outlaw, signed for two further seasons at $3 million each, is probably the worst contract on the books.

    3. The Kings do have a full roster without many droppable players. So these 3-for-1 deals aren't going to work unless the team getting Cousins is taking back one or two players. Tyler Honeycuttcould be waived, but I imagine the Kings would prefer not to do that.

    4. The Kings stink at small forward and have had mixed results at point guard and both big positions. (That gives you a clue about Cousins' erratic production this season.) Tyreke Evans andMarcus Thornton are a good if not great shooting guard rotation.

    While we can all hope that Jeff Green can progressively improve over time, we have to understand that he has a negative trade value right now. Meaning any deal involving him and his contract will likely have to package together someone who is under paid - like sayAvery Bradley and or Jared Sullinger.

    Do the Kings really need another shooting guard or two? Not unless they are sending one going the other way but the same can be said for the Celtics. I've seen it said that a deal that makes more sense for Sacramento is dealing both Cousins and Evans for Rondo. I want no part of that but I can see the rationale at least from their perspective.

    Can the Celtics make a deal with the Kings that would make sense for both Boston and Sacramento? Sure, it is possible, but it is very, very complex. Something to keep in mind when you hit the trade checker.

     

     

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