Here we go again.
With the NBA Trade Deadline coming this week, expect a lot of rumors to emerge regarding DeMarcus Cousins. Typically, the rumors are about teams calling the Kings to see if they’re interested in trading their All-Star big man.
However, it appears Sacramento is the one engaging trade talks this time around, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.
Sacramento has been engaging in trade talks on All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins in recent days, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 19, 2017
I doubt Cousins gets dealt, but it makes sense for the Kings to at least look into what they could land in a trade for him. If a team like the Celtics are willing to trade their first-round pick (via the Nets) that could become the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, perhaps the Kings are willing to trade Boogie and begin a rebuild around other players.
That’s about the only kind of deal I can see going down, but even the top pick might not be enough to pry Cousins away, and Boston may not even be willing to give up that pick.
However, it looks like the Pelicans could be a viable landing spot for Boogie.
Kings have had recent discussions with New Orleans on Cousins, sources tell @TheVertical. Sac still debating Cousins' future internally.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 19, 2017
Sources: Pelicans and Kings have discussed a DeMarcus Cousins trade for Buddy Hield and multiple Pelicans first-round draft picks.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) February 19, 2017
Pelicans have made trade inquiries on DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George, per league sources. Talks have progressed further on Cousins.— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) February 19, 2017
Pairing Boogie with Anthony Davis would be an insane frontline that no NBA team could defend. The problem with New Orleans is they have very few players around Davis, so it’s hard to see how they could package deal worthy of Boogie, but a fun thought nonetheless.