NBA Rumors: Boston Celtics Should Go All-in for DeMarcus Cousins

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJanuary 5, 2013

The Sacramento Kings may be willing to make the mistake of trading star center DeMarcus Cousins, and the Boston Celtics need to do everything possible to land the exceptional big man.

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, the Kings are looking to swap the young gun for a veteran or two who could help the franchise, which currently sits at 13th in the West.

The early word from the DeMarcus Cousins trade watch, according to the latest rumbles on the personnel grapevine, is that Kings co-owners Gavin and Joe Maloof remain reluctant in the extreme to part with their young big man, especially at a time when -- after three suspensions already this season -- Cousins' trade value isn't exactly on the upswing.

There's a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term.

Cousins is the ideal player to bring to Boston right now for a Celtics team that should be entering a rebuilding phase.

The team is 14-17 this season, and is ninth in the East. It is aging quickly and is going to lose a few players like Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry to retirement in a few years (if not sooner).

This is no longer the team that won the 2008 NBA Finals, and is instead one of the oldest teams in the league.

The Celtics need someone who can play alongside star point guard Rajon Rondo for the next 10 years. The 26-year-old point guard is arguably the best floor general in the league, but his best weapons are much older than he is.

Not Cousins.

At just 22 years old, Cousins has plenty of time left in the NBA. The biggest question about Cousins is whether or not he can get his act together, but there might not be a better coach in the world to help him do so than Doc Rivers. David Aldridge of NBA.com appears to agree as well.

The Boston Scenario goes like this: surely Cousins would straighten up and fly right if he was surrounded by winners; if he had Doc Rivers barking in one ear and KG barking in the other, he'd have no choice but to give in to the Mystique.

The Celtics are considered among the leaders for Cousins (per Aldridge), and they certainly have a wealth of veteran stars who could interest the Kings.

Many execs around the league have the Celtics and Pistons at the top of the list of Cousins admirers, even after this latest episode...

The Celtics are willing to take the gamble, according to another league source, and embrace the challenge of keeping Cousins on the right path. But if Petrie can't add any payroll, it's hard to see a scenario with Boston that would be enticing for the Kings, unless they're enamored with rookies Jared Sullinger or Fab Melo as centerpieces of a deal.

Including guard Avery Bradley might get a conversation going, but the Cs love Bradley's two-way game and have imagined him a cornerstone of their rebuild; Bradley's rapid development the second half of last season before his shoulder injuries put him on the shelf in the playoffs made it much easier for Boston to absorb Ray Allen's departure.

I'm not saying it's going to be easy for the C's to trade for Cousins, but with his stock so low and the team desperately needing a young, talented player, this could be a match made in heaven.

The Celtics have to pursue Cousins right now. Even during a down year he is still averaging 16.6 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, which would put him at second on the team in scoring and first in rebounding.

Boston needs a true center. It needs a young gun who can help Rondo. It needs Cousins.

If the Kings are stupid enough to deal their center the Celtics have to swoop in and grab him.

 

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