Kosta Koufos Trade Rumors: Latest News and Speculation on Kings C

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent III

Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos celebrates after the Kings scored against the Utah Jazz in the closing moments of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2015. The Kings won 114-106. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos is reportedly being eyed by a contender ahead of Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

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Cavaliers Reportedly Have Pursued Koufos

Monday, Feb. 15

ESPN's Marc Stein reported on Cleveland's interest in the 26-year-old big man. Koufos played college basketball at Ohio State and was born in Canton, so a return to his home state would likely be a welcome change of scenery.

Koufos is also represented by Rich Paul (h/t RealGM.com), the agent for Cavs superstar LeBron James. The Sacramento standout is a solid defender in the post who has a bit more nuance and finesse to his offensive game than Cleveland's Tristan Thompson—another Paul client.

Apparently Cavs veteran Anderson Varejao doesn't have enough left in the tank to justify a spot in the rotation in light of Cleveland's reported efforts to land Koufos.

Bolstering depth on the front line will only continue to fuel speculation that All-Star Kevin Love could be on the move at the trade deadline. Rumor of a potential blockbuster deal involving Love surfaced Saturday from the New York Daily News' Frank Isola.

Center Timofey Mozgov has flashed well during his stint with the Cavs but doesn't receive consistent minutes. Due to Koufos' ties with James through Paul and the fact Mozgov was more of a fit for fired prior head coach David Blatt, there's reason to believe Koufos to Cleveland is a legitimate possibility.

The Kings should be able to get at least one young asset, be it a draft pick or role player, as compensation for Koufos and should therefore execute the trade if an offer ultimately comes in.

Rookie lottery pick Willie Cauley-Stein and DeMarcus Cousins comprise Sacramento's frontcourt of the future. The team should play smaller lineups more often than not anyway because of coach George Karl's preference for an uptempo style of play and the presence of a versatile stud on the wing in Rudy Gay.