DeMarcus Cousins Would Be a Terrible Fit for Los Angeles Lakers

Justin BoninAnalyst IJanuary 2, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - FEBRUARY 25:  DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings reacts to a call against the Charlotte Bobcats during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on February 25, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Following DeMarcus Cousins’ trade request and his banishment by head coach Paul Westphal, I’ve been reading a lot of articles and comments both here on Bleacher Report and on the web outlining why the Lakers should make a trade for DeMarcus Cousins. 

What’s even worse is that some of them suggest the Lakers should trade Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum for the hot-headed center.  Well I’d like to put an end to that! 

Imagine if the Lakers were to trade Pau Gasol for DeMarcus Cousins, the frontcourt would then consist of Bynum and Cousinsif that’s not a recipe for disaster I don’t know what is. 

After reading John Hollinger’s analysis of DeMarcus Cousins, it is clear that he needs a lot of work. 

Yes, this could pay off in the long term, but why risk what the Lakers have right now?  Kobe only has about two or three more good years left in the tank, and he has been slipping down the overall rankings for the past couple years.

That being said, the Lakers have the best frontcourt in the NBA, and Andrew Bynum is finally ready to break out, if only he can avoid injuries and keep his attitude in check.

Back to Cousins, as Hollinger pointed out there’s a lot to love about DeMarcus Cousins, but there is also a lot not to like.  Cousins has a boatload of potential, but thus far in his career he has done nothing but let it go to waste.

His unwillingness to give a full 100 percent on both sides of the floor, his lack of maturity and the fact that he is out of shape—partly the result of his lack of maturity—are truly holding him back from great things, and when I say great things I really mean that. 

I think a change of scenery could really help revitalize his young career, whereas a continued tenure in Sacramento could be the exact opposite—his demise. 

That being said, this change of scenery he so desperately needs should not be the Lakers.  There is one and only one scenario where I would actually approve of a Lakers trade for Cousins and that is if they can convince the Kings to accept a trade by which either Pau Gasol or Andrew Bynum go to the Kings in exchange for DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans—or possibly Jimmer Fredette, the only thing is Tyreke Evans is a proven player whereas the jury is out on Fredette.

Marcus Thorton would also be a great addition to the Lakers, but they’d already be pushing it by asking for Evans, so I highly doubt that would work.

In addition, the choice to trade Gasol or Bynum is actually a lot harder than one would think. 

Yes, Bynum is younger, but as we all are aware he has struggled with injuries—even if they were freak injuries. That being said, I’d hate to have two hot-heads in the frontcourt, so that favors keeping Pau.

Final Thoughts

The bottom line is that bringing Cousins to Los Angeles is a terrible idea unless Tyreke Evans comes along with him. 

It would take a lot of time and hard work to get Cousins to reach his full potential, and the Lakers—more precisely Kobe Bryant—do not have a lot of extra time.  Getting a PG like Evans, who could come over and have an instant impact would ease the burden of having to wait for Cousins to mature and further develop. The only problem is that the frontcourt will suffer in the meantime. 

Again, this is one of those cases where it would be great if Odom was still a Laker. If that was the case they could either ship Odom to Sacramento for Cousins, or if they were to trade Bynum or Pau then Odom would be able to further ease the burden of having to wait on DeMarcus Cousins.