Boston Celtics on the Verge of Acquiring Sacramento Kings DeMarcus Cousins

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January 5, 2013; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) grabs a rebound over Brooklyn Nets forward Reggie Evans (30) during the fourth quarter of an NBA game at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Danny Ainge has reportedly pushed all in for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins according to NBA on NBC Boston.

 

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.

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Tags: Avery Bradley Boston Celtics Courtney Lee DeMarcus Cousins Jared Sullinger Sacramento Kings

  • Chris

    Oh dear lord these trade scenarios are awful. I’m not a Kings fan, but there’s no way they’re going to part with the best center prospect in the league for a bunch of throwaways. There’s not one valuable commodity they’d be receiving in return. Sullinger is a role player. Jason Terry has no value on a rebuilding team. Avery Bradley can’t shoot and is inferior to a third to half the backups in the league. Ugh ugh ugh….homerism masquerading as analysis.