Danny Ainge has reportedly pushed all in for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins according to NBA on NBC Boston.
Sources close to nbaonnbc.com confirm that Danny Ainge is working to complete a deal to bring Cousins to Boston, tonight.
— NBA on NBC Boston (@NBAonNBCBoston) January 7, 2013
The Kings are requesting that the Celtics include shooting guard Avery Bradley, but Danny Ainge is reticent about including the 22-year-old because he figures Bradley is vital in the C’s defense and will play a huge role moving forward.
The Kings are smart to push for Bradley, but Ainge’s resistance to trade him makes sense. It was Bradley that enabled the C’s to become the NBA’s top defensive team last year, and most Celtics fans feel that with a healthy Bradley the team would have taken down the Miami Heat in the Eastern Conference Finals.
But this is DeMarcus Cousins, a talent who could set the C’s up nicely for the long-term as Cousins has top-three center potential in the NBA. His skill set would pair favorably with All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo and give the C’s a post presence that could greatly enhance the offense. Perhaps just as importantly, it would enable Kevin Garnett to shift back to the 4-spot, the position at which he has spent the majority of his NBA career.