The Boston Celtics were a pleasant surprise this season with Brad Stevens leading a roster full of young players to a playoff berth. What the Celtics lack is a star player, and with a boatload of draft picks at their disposal, they’re going to try and cash in and acquire a star with some of those assets. Specifically, ESPN’s Marc Stein says we can “bank on” Boston trying to nab DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings.
While Cousins recently signed a long-term extension with the Kings, there have been some questions about his future in Sacramento since George Karl took over as head coach. Karl fueled the flames by saying no player on the roster is untradeable.
However, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive has said he has little interest in trading Cousins, and Bill Herenda of CSN Bay Area reiterated Friday that Sacramento has no intention of shipping its star to Boston (or anywhere) and wants to try and make a playoff run with him.
This makes sense on several levels. Cousins is still young and has improved every season in the league. With the correct pieces around him, perhaps the Kings can turn into a playoff team.
Even if Sacramento explored trading him, Boston’s assets aren’t that great, even if they have a lot of them. The Celtics don’t have a high-level player to include in a trade, and none of the draft picks are currently in line to be that high. The Kings aren’t going to just ship Cousins away for anything, especially at this point in his contract.