The NBA world was completely caught off guard early Sunday when a statement was released by Sacramento Kings coach Paul Westphal regarding DeMarcus Cousins' desire for a trade. Westphal said he ordered Cousins to stay home for that night's game against the New Orleans Hornets due to Cousins' "unwillingness to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team."
However, John Greig, Cousin's agent, refutes the notion that Cousins actually stated that he wanted to be traded. To add on to the saga, Kings co-owner Joe Maloof and general manager Geoff Petrie have dismissed the idea of trading the talented center.
Prior to the breaking news, many believed that, along with Jimmer Fredette and Tyreke Evans, DeMarcus Cousins was a franchise cornerstone for the Kings. Nonetheless this is a huge blow to the Sacramento community.
When a franchise looking to rebuild through young talent has this type of drama, the result is usually pretty ugly.
In my opinion, the Kings should trade Cousins immediately. Two of the teams that have been rumored to be interested in the services of the center include the Boston Celtics and New Jersey Nets. However, neither of these two teams have the trading chips necessary to acquire the second-year player out of Kentucky.
But the Orlando Magic do.
If anybody knows the aggravation the Kings are going through with their star center, it is the Orlando Magic. Both situations are quite similar as Magic center Dwight Howard has repeatedly expressed his desire to play somewhere else.
So why not swap the two centers?
Of course, the Kings would probably have to add third-year combo guard Tyreke Evans and the Magic would probably include the talented Jameer Nelson.
Without further ado, this deal works out quite well with both parties and here is why:
Why it Works for Orlando
Before you decide to rail me for "forgetting" the fact that the Kings are not on Dwight Howard's list of preferred destinations, I want to remind you that Dwight Howard does not control the outcome. In fact, according to the Orlando Sentinel, the Magic are willing to deal "Superman" to any team willing to give up a few quality men.
If a deal does come to fruition between these two teams, the Magic would be in a perfect situation heading into the future. Between breakout power forward Ryan Anderson, Evans and Cousins, the Orlando Magic would have one of the brightest futures of any team in the league.
Sure, the Magic have voiced their desire to acquire established veterans for Dwight, but I believe Evans and Cousins are too enticing of prospects to pass up.
Why it Works for Sacramento
When was the last time Sacramento was a legitimate playoff team?
The additions of Jameer Nelson and Dwight Howard would bring the Kings thundering back into the playoff race, which is something Kings fans havn't seen since the glory days of Peja Stojakovic, Chris Webber, Vlade Divac and Mike Bibby.
The one hang up in this deal, however, is the possibility that Howard signs elsewhere in the offseason. Despite that concern, adding Howard would be a huge boost for a city that almost lost their team.
Plus, who knows? Maybe the idea of playing with college star Jimmer Fredette and friend Jameer Nelson would be enough for Howard to commit long-term.