Immature, hot-headed and perhaps not the brightest bulb in the box. A player who has clashed with everyone and anyone in a position of authority, from his high-school coaches to UK’s John Calipari to Sacramento’s Paul Westphal and Keith Smart. DeMarcus Cousins personifies the word punk. But he also has a could couple of things that our Boston Celtics desperately need – size and athleticism in the paint.
So, would you trade for DeMarcus Cousins?
And if so, at what price?
Personally, I would do the deal if it could be had at a discount. The Celtics don’t have a lot to offer, not without giving up someone like Rajon Rondo in the process – and trust me, that ain’t happening. But if Cousins has become a giant headache, which he has, the Kings might be more inclined to send him packing for a combination of players and picks. And with the Celtics holding a couple of players who might entice the Kings – Courtney Lee and Brandon Bass come to mind – then maybe, just maybe something could be worked out.
Let’s assume that happens. Lee and Bass for Cousins.
The Celtics have a young center with a tremendous upside, and they may have one of the few locker rooms that can keep Cousins in check and maybe even help him mature as a person. They have a player with the size they need, and the athleticism at the center position they haven’t had in what seems a millennium.
Of course, a trade like this has a ton of risk. Anytime you’re dealing with a loose cannon like Cousins you run the risk of him poisoning the locker room and spending more time on the bench than on the court. But championships aren’t won by the timid. Risks have to be taken. And right now, Cousins is a risk that I’m willing to assume in order to jump into the championship mix.