In the NBA trade rumor mill, the Boston Celtics look serious in pursuing DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins is known to be one of the most talented big men in the league. In the previous season, he has averaged 27 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. He was also selected for the All-Star team two years in-a-row. He passes well for a big man and is reminiscent of Chris Webber for his mid-range and 3-point line shooting caliber.
NBA trade reports show that the Celtics is looking for ?star players? to boost their franchise. Sportsrageous links both Cousins and Russell Westbrook. The Sacramento Kings, as per Hashtag Basketball, might just be open to do so. There were a few moves to suggest this. One is the drafting of Willie Caulie-Stein from Kentucky last season. He too is young and athletic; someone who provides a defense-oriented backup for Cousins. This year?s draft also saw some big man signing. The Kings selected two 7-footers in Skal Labissiere and Georgios Papagiannis.
So, will we see Cousins leaving Sacramento to don a Celtics jersey? Maybe. We will see. But will the Celtics profit from getting Cousins into their fold?
As talented as Cousins is, he has been labeled to be too arrogant and unpredictable. As pointed out by Hashtag Basketball, he leads the league in technical fouls since his drafting back in 2011. He was sent home by his coach, Paul Westphal, for being ?unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team? in his second season. In the next season, he was suspended twice where one of the suspensions stemmed out from confronting Spurs analyst Sean Elliot in a ?hostile manner.?
He has been called a coach killer as his Sacramento Kings tenure coincides with a vicious cycle of coach replacements for the franchise. With an apparent mix of positives and negatives that are quite unpredictable, Cousins could be a detriment to the Celtics. At least this is what Tony Massarotti, the famous sportswriter feels. He revealed it in Felgers & Mazz. You could find it here courtesy of CBS.
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