DeMarcus Cousins clearly has more upside than anyone else on this list. He's still incredibly young at 22 years old, and his averages of 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds are some of the best put up by any center in the NBA, regardless of age. For that reason, trading for Cousins is enticing.
He's also got an extremely affordable contract for a player of his caliber, as Cousins is slated to make $11.4 million over the next two years (assuming his team picks up his qualifying offer), before hitting restricted free agency following the 2014-15 season.
As a Kings fan, I can tell you better than most. Cousins' talent is tantalizing. Most nights when I watch him play I leave the game convinced the only thing stopping him from becoming a perennial All-Star is himself. The problem is that's always been the case with DMC, but he still hasn't figured out how to get out of his own way.
One could argue that all he needs is a change of scenery to start taking his career more seriously. However, he's had similar issues wherever he's played. One could argue that it's a product of being young, which it could be, but he's now in the middle of his third NBA season and, if anything, his transgressions have only increased in frequency and stupidity. One could argue it's because he's losing in Sacramento, but he caused problems at Kentucky and in high school while his team was predominantly winning.
Teams are always willing to take a chance on players of his talent. The Kings knew the drawbacks when they drafted him, and they obviously still know them now, but they're still supposedly not interested in trading Cousins.
That means in order to pry him away from Sacramento, a team would have to give up a pretty package of players. If that team knew he'd wise up, he'd surely be worth nearly any package it gives up. But with DeMarcus, it could just be a situation where the more things change, the more they remain the same. That makes trading for him a risky proposition.