Speculation is growing that arguably the best center in the NBA, DeMarcus Cousins, could be traded if the Sacramento Kings are out of the playoff race as February approaches. And to be fair, we’ve heard this story numerous times before. However, usually when players are involved in non-stop trade rumors, these things tend to get done – at least in the NBA. But where would the Kings get return value that isn’t 30 cents on the dollar?
How about Bradley Beal of the Washington Wizards? The Wiz would surely have to add more to the plate to land a player of Cousins’ caliber, but Beal as the headliner isn’t a bad start. And when you take into consideration the lack of chemistry between Beal and teammate John Wall, this trade is a no-brainer according to basketball guru, Chris Broussard.
Broussard: I would love to see Cousins in Washington, I mean they clearly need to do something. He’s got the relationship with John Wall. I would be willing, myself, to give up Bradley Beal for DeMarcus Cousins. I mean, you would have to give up more probably, but I would do a package based around Beal
So I would be willing to build a package around Beal to bring in DeMarcus Cousins if I could get that. And if you could bring him to the east…
And I’m not convinced it would work, but what’s happening is clearly not working now. I’m not a fan of how the Wizards have been doing things lately. They were never going to get Durant and that’s probably why they hired Scottie Brooks.
This would be a shocking development in the Eastern Conference if somehow the Wizards pulled this deal off. Even if it meant giving up Beal, Otto Porter and a future first round pick. In fact, you could make the argument that a Wall/Cousins combo would be the best one-two punch in the NBA – in regards to big man/little man combinations.
Sacramento could push to send Rudy Gay with Cousins and start over on a clean slate. With Beal making $22 million, all it would take the Wizards to do is include Trey Burke and Tomas Satoransky – or any fillers to reach the 125 percent plus $100,000 rule for taking on salary.
Are there better deals out there? Would the Kings really want to take on a slew of potential average draft picks and some younger players with potential over a combination of Beal/Porter + picks? Don’t forget, if the Kings have another lousy season, maybe next year’s lineup could feature Lonzo Ball with Beal and Porter at the wings.
As for the Wizards, they could be the scariest team Cleveland would want to see. Wall, Cousins, Gay and Gortat are a very formable lineup that has the size and speed to play with the Cavaliers. But let’s be serious; could anyone see Cousins leading a team in playoff time when keeping your composure is a must?
Yeah, me neither.