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While it would be a slight overpay by the Atlanta Hawks, a Josh Smith-for-Cousins trade would be a great deal for both teams.
From the Kings perspective, Josh Smith is almost certainly the best player that they will be able to get for Cousins right now. By announcing his trade demands and admitting his immaturity issues publicly, the Kings have set themselves up to receive pennies on the dollar. With Smith set to make $12.4 million this season, Sacramento would have to take on substantial money, but they’d also be getting an All-Star caliber talent.
Like Cousins, Smith is a mediocre shooter, and takes far too many bad shots. Defensively however, Smith is a force. Unlike Cousins, he maintains a low foul rate and battles hard in the paint, posting solid block, rebound and steal numbers consistently. Despite both being undersized for their positions, Smith would pair up nicely with center Chuck Hayes (Smith is 6-9 and Hayes 6-6), making the Kings solid defensively in the paint.
From the Hawks perspective, getting a dominant post player like Cousins would finally allow them to move Al Horford to power forward where I believe he would really excel. Horford has a terrific midrange game, leading the league in shooting percentage from 16-23 feet and could almost fill a Nowitzki-like role with Cousins playing center.
Defensively, Cousins would really benefit from playing with a stopper like Horford. The two could split post assignments with Cousins taking the longer, more athletic centers and Horford taking the others.
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