And the Celtics have already helped pave the way for Cousins' acquisition. As CSN New England's A. Sherrod Blakely reported, the team waived rookies Jarvis Varnado and Kris Joseph Saturday evening.
Update: Jan. 6 at 11:37 p.m. ET
DeMarcus Cousins to the Boston Celtics isn't a done deal yet.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Kings continue to say that star center is not available.
DeMarcus Cousins is not going to the Celtics. Teams continue to be told that he's not available. That is all.— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) January 7, 2013
This news contradicts reports from earlier in the evening that had the Celtics in hot pursuit of the 22-year-old center.
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With the two rookies off the roster, it gives the C's the flexibility to pursue a multi-player deal.
According to NBAonNBC.com, Celtics general manager Danny Ainge is looking to complete the trade quickly.
Sources close to nbaonnbc.com confirm that Danny Ainge is working to complete a deal to bring Cousins to Boston, tonight.— NBA on NBC Boston (@NBAonNBCBoston) January 7, 2013
It seems that Ainge stepped up his pursuit of Cousins on Saturday evening—even though the Kings have denied that Cousins is on the trading block.
The deal isn't complete yet because of an apparent holdup between Boston and Sacramento over Celtics guard Avery Bradley, according to Gethin Coolbaugh of 1510 Sports Radio Boston.
The Kings want the young swingman included in any deal for Cousins, while the Celtics would rather make Courtney Lee part of the trade.
Limiting the players he would be willing to include in the trade, Ainge obviously feels his team has the capability to win now, and envisions Bradley as a big part of that.
If the Celtics manage to acquire the 22-year-old center, it would be a big boost for a lineup that has struggled to find production in the post. Cousins is averaging 17.4 points and 10.3 rebounds a game this season for the Kings.
Cousins would instantly improve Boston's post presence and would help lower the minutes of an aging Kevin Garnett.