In today’s weekly power rankings on Yahoo Sports, Marc Spears cites a source that says the Charlotte Bobcats could be in play for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins.
The source cites the Bobcats young players and potential to have as many as three first round picks this summer to make them a favorable destination. The Charlotte Bobcats own protected first round picks of the Detroit Pistons and Portland Trailblazers, but the former isn’t expected to go to the Bobcats this season.
Cousins has been a polarizing figure for the Kings. While Cousins shows flashes of being one of the best centers in the league, reports of his immaturity have raised concerns with the Kings. Cousins is averaging 16.5pts, 9.7rebs, 2.5ast and shooting 41.3%fg for the 11-20 Kings.
The Kings have said publicly that Cousins isn’t on the trade block, but could get a good package for Cousins based on potential and the possibility he turns things around with a change of scenery.
Cousins immediatelywould become the Bobcats best frontcourt player. While he is a high-risk, Cousins is under cheap team control through 2014 and fits with the Bobcats young roster.
But what do the Kings want to accomplish in a trade? It’d be easy to deal Cousins by himself, but it’d make sense to try and shed a bad contract with him. John Salmons, who’s signed through 2015 for $22.6M, could be that contract. The last year of Salmons deal is partially guaranteed if he’s waived by a certain date in 2014.
Rich Cho has shown he’s willing to take on lucrative deals if it brings a high potential asset in return. Acquiring Ben Gordon brought the Bobcats a protected first round pick from Detroit in exchange for Corey Maggette’s expiring contract.
Would the Bobcats be open to dealing Bismack Biyombo if it got them Cousins? Biyombo is under contract through 2015, and his raw defensive talent could be attractive for the Kings in replacing Cousins. A deal like Biyombo, Gana Diop’s $7.3M expiring and potentially a future first for Cousins and Salmons might be a deal worth looking at.
There’s a number of trade proposals to come up with, but Cousins is the type of talent who could pay off big for the Bobcats going forward. If the Bobcats could go into this summer with a nucleus of Kemba Walker, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist in addition to Cousins, another high draft pick and cap space, things are looking a lot better from a talent standpoint.