NBA Trade Targets Who Would Be a Perfect Pairing with DeMarcus Cousins

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NBA Trade Targets Who Would Be a Perfect Pairing with DeMarcus Cousins
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The Kings have one star-caliber player in DeMarcus Cousins. Now they need to give him a sidekick.

There's no doubting that DeMarcus Cousins has enough talent to be a franchise cornerstone for the Sacramento Kings. However, even the best players need a legitimate wingman to take their teams to the next level.

As it stands, the Kings don't necessarily have that legitimate No. 2 option. Ben McLemore could certainly develop into that supporting role and Greivis Vasquez has shown to be one of the league's better floor generals. Yet neither player currently matches the upper echelon of NBA talent that comes with Cousins. 

Getting that player won't come easy either. The Kings don't figure to have a ton of cap space to work with in next summer's free agency. Furthermore, Sacramento isn't exactly a destination city for premier free agents.

The Kings could acquire their missing piece from the draft, but again, there's no certainty of it panning out  and there are almost always learning curves involved.

Sacramento's best bet in pairing an impact player with Cousins will come through a trade. The Kings have a history of acquiring their best players via trades and they could add to that tradition by acquiring that perfect fit for their team through another deal. 

 

Note: All trades were cross-referenced with ESPN.com's Trade Machine to make sure they're financially feasible. I also tried to include trades that were plausible. After all, one could use the trade machine to make a deal for LeBron James fit within the parameters, but no amount of expiring contracts, promising prospects or voluminous draft picks would be enough to entice Miami at this stage of the game.

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