DeMarcus Cousins: A Long Awaited Reunion

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Aug 1, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; From the bench, United States center Demarcus Cousins (12) looks on as he plays against Nigeria during an exhibition basketball game at Toyota Center. United States won 110 to 66. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

The Deal

Here’s how a potential Sacramento-Denver deal could go down:

Nuggets Get
C, DeMarcus Cousins
SF, Omri Casspi
Kings Get

*Pick sent from Denver, which was acquired via Cleveland (protected for selection 1-5)

At first glance, this trade isn’t exactly “eye-popping,” but it is more than worth it for both sides. Sacramento Kings loses Cousins, but in return they a mix of veteran and youthful talent.

Essentially this trade gives the Kings options, of which they haven’t had for a few years now. They could trade the rest of their youth and create a contending, veteran squad. Or better yet, they could trade their veterans and collect a plethora of assets for an all-out rebuild.

It’s worth noting that rebuild wouldn’t be a terrible idea for Sacramento, as they could already have Willie Cauley-Stein, Skal Labissiere and Jusuf Nurkic in the front-court.

So, the Sacramento Kings are winners in this deal simply because they could garner a sense of direction for their future.

However, the biggest winner in this deal would be DeMarcus Cousins and his image.

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