The Charlotte Bobcats interest in Sacramento Kings forward DeMarcus Cousins is no secret.
The Kings are undergoing new ownership and will also have a new general manager next season. New management could decide to part ways with Cousins as he enters the last season of his rookie contract.
ESPN.com’s Chad Ford writes the Bobcats likely would have to trade their fourth overall pick in exchange. The belief is that Michael Jordan doesn’t want to go through another long rebuilding process, and would gladly deal a draft pick to net a young, low-post scorer like Cousins.
The Dallas Mavericks and Cleveland Cavaliers are also interested in Cousins. The Mavericks view Cousins as a “Plan C” to Dwight Howard and Chris Paul, while the Cavaliers are loaded with first round draft picks to make a big move.
Cousins averaged 17.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 75 games with the Kings last season. He’ll make $4.9 million next season before he hits restricted free agency in 2014. The Bobcats are $20 million below the cap this summer and could abosrb Cousins without sending out another player. The belief is that the Kings likely won’t net a better player than Cousins in a trade, and would be better served acquiring a high draft pick for him.
If he hits free agency, Cousins, who turns 23 in August, could command a max-level contract as Brook Lopez and Roy Hibbert did last offseason.
Would You Deal The 4th Pick Overall For Cousins?
- Yes (79%, 127 Votes)
- No (21%, 33 Votes)
Total Voters: 160