Detroit Pistons: Pros and Cons of Trading for DeMarcus Cousins

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Detroit Pistons: Pros and Cons of Trading for DeMarcus Cousins
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Apparently, one season was all it took DeMarcus Cousins to figure out he didn't like Sacramento.

The second-year power forward reportedly is asking to be dealt from the team that drafted him just over a year ago.

Now if this sounds ridiculous to you, trust me, you are not alone. There are so many things wrong with this situation.

Typically, players don't earn the right to ask for a trade until they have been in the league for a number of years. Additionally, players typically have to be stars in order to gain this type of prima donna attitude.

Cousins is neither of these, but he is no stranger to these types of oddities.

According to ESPN (linked above), Cousins was sent home and the Kings have confirmed that he in fact does want out of Sacramento.

 

The Case for Cousins

So you may be asking yourself whether a certain team in Auburn Hills should pursue Cousins.

I know that was the first thing to enter my mind.

Here are the pros when it comes to Cousins.

He is an absolute beast. Few men his size have the aggressive nature of Cousins. This makes him a tremendous rebounder and a potentially great defender.

He likes contact, making him about as soft as an anvil. He tends to force his way around the post on both sides of the ball.

He also has the makings of a very good offensive post game, although that side of his game is still relatively raw.

He is athletic, which when paired with his size and strength, make him just about impossible to stop when he gets a full head of steam.

If Detroit were able to get him, he would compliment Greg Monroe beautifully, allowing Jonas Jerebko to go back to his role as an energy guy off the bench. Monroe could focus on rebounds and offense, and give Cousins the more physically demanding defensive matchups.

Since Cousins runs the floor so well, he could allow the Pistons to open up more of an up-tempo game. He also is a great finisher, which could help Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and anybody else that penetrates.

Top that off with his excellent offensive rebounding ability, and he could open up more second-chance opportunities for gunners like Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

So what will it take to get Cousins?

The salary issue won't be a concern as Cousins only makes about $4 million per season. That shouldn't be hard to match with an offered player.

However, the Kings are stacked at the positions the Pistons would like to deal, such as small forward (Tayshaun Prince, Austin Daye, Charlie Villanueva) or guard (Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey).

The Kings likely will want a draft pick or two, but this year's draft is so stacked the Pistons would need to offer a future pick for it to make any sense for them.

The Pistons could try to package Daye and Gordon and take back someone like John Salmons, but the Kings just acquired him and there is no guarantee that they aren't still high on him.

The real question is whether there are a lot of teams that are interested, which could potentially drive up the price.

 

The case against Cousins

So why would there be any question as to whether or not the Pistons would pursue him?

For starters, Cousins has some issues.

He feuded with his college coach, John Calipari, and has an attitude that makes Metta World Peace look docile.

There are questions about his body and whether he could put on some serious weight in the future.

Many people have compared him to Benoit Benjamin due to his frame and the potential to bulk up.

You also have to question a guy that makes this type of demand in the first place. Like I said earlier, this is not a good sign that this guy already thinks enough of himself to demand a trade this early into his career.

I have heard Cousins called a lot of things, but the most used euphymism is "head case." He just appears to be wired differently than a lot of other basketball players.

You have to wonder whether he fits the new model of Pistons, a team that is supposed to be all about hard work and a collective goal. Cousins appears to be somewhat at odds with these traits.

Do you really want to throw this type of personality onto a very young team?

 

Bottom Line

Here's what you need to know about this situation.

1) Detroit team president Joe Dumars loves Cousins. I mean he absolutely loves his game, loves his fire, loves his physical attributes. I personally was surprised he didn't draft him, although I did somewhat hate the idea of picking him due to his cons.

2) Cousins is exactly the type of project Dumars loves. He loves proving other people wrong, and he probably thinks that Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace can help keep him in line, and coach Lawrence Frank has the potential to reach him.

3) There are not a lot of big men with Cousins' skill set wandering around out there. Considering the Pistons market, signing one of them via free agency is tough sledding. Therefore, you usually have to draft one of them.

4) There is a very good chance that this will happen.

I'm not saying I'm completely sold on this as I personally railed against the Pistons trading for him. I think he has the potential to completely flame out as he is wired strangely.

But I also think if this is handled well, he could really quickly turn this franchise around. A core composed of Cousins, Monroe and Knight, not to mention a likely lottery pick this year would make this a very exciting team.

Remember, the Pistons have had these type of personalities before, and usually it works out well for them.

Personally, I think there is a very strong chance that this happens. There are just too many reasons for Dumars to go all in with this move.

Remember, Dumars is still trying to impress his new boss. A trade for Cousins would at the very least cause excitement in Detroit, and put butts in the seats.

I put the chances of Detroit putting together a very strong package for Cousins at around 90 percent.

It all comes down to the competition.

For better or worse, in my opinion, there is a strong chance DeMarcus Cousins will be Detroit-bound before this season is over.

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