The Celtics, like most teams, have called Sacramento to gauge what it would take to trade for DeMarcus Cousins. The young, disgruntled Kings center has been suspended from the team for his disagreements with coach Paul Westphal.
“It’s highly unlikely,” a league source said of the Celtics’ chances of landing Cousins. “I’m not sure that any team is going to get him. The thing is that everyone knows he’s a wreck. They’re not going to get what he’s worth.”
The Celtics have the two things necessary to be able to handle a player with Cousins' issues and get him headed in the right direction. And those are strong veteran leadership and great coaching.
Boston's veterans such as Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Paul Pierce would be able to guide Cousins as a professional on and off the court.
The problem for Cousins in Sacramento is that he has no veteran who can mentor him like the Celtics' "Big 3" can.
We saw former Celtics forward Glen "Big Baby" Davis mature considerably with the team with Doc Rivers' coaching and veterans like Garnett showing Big Baby how to handle himself—even if that meant being so hard on him Davis was once seen in tears on the bench during a game.
So, considering all his baggage, why is Cousins worth the trouble for Boston?
Well, the Celtics have no future in the paint. KG and center Jermaine O'Neal are both past their primes and are free agents at season's end. Although offseason addition Brandon Bass is a good player, he cannot be a dominating force at either end of the floor on a consistent basis.
Cousins can play center or power forward and has great offensive potential. When teams consider taking you in the top five of the NBA draft even when you have maturity issues, your talent has to be immense.
The Herald's source indicated that it's likely the Kings won't get Cousins' full worth because "he's a wreck." Therefore, the Celtics must make a strong push to acquire Cousins while the price is probably the cheapest it may ever be.
The risk is well worth the reward for Boston, whose championship window is rapidly closing due to their aging roster that lacks quality young talent.
With acquiring Orlando Magic star center Dwight Howard looking like an unrealistic possibility, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge has to be creative and aggressive in trying to find a big man that can lead Boston into the future.
Cousins averaged 14.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game his rookie season last year, and with better teammates on the Celtics than the Kings, his production would skyrocket.
Other than San Antonio Spurs' coach Gregg Popovich, no NBA coach has more talent than Doc Rivers, and the Celtics leader is fully capable of working with Cousins and turning him into a professional and perennial All-Star.
Again, with veteran leadership and a strong, respected coaching staff, Cousins would mature into the player he has the potential to be in Boston, making this move a no-brainer for Ainge.
Nicholas Goss is an NBA Featured Columnist, follow him on Twitter.