By: Celtics Chatter | Kentucky Sports Radio recently reported that Dallas, Orlando, Charlotte and Boston are in talks with DeMarcus Cousins’ agent, Dan Fegan.
Yes, everyone, this is the same Dan Fegan who starred in the Dwight Howard circus known as “Dwightmare”. That particular drama lasted about two years, but I don’t expect the same to happen to Cousins. Most of the trade chatter involves a package deal involving the likes of Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger, or Fab Melo to acquire the former 5th pick in the draft. Cousins has a very high ceiling, but the questions swirl around maturity issues. If he can grow up – and with a locker room nucleus of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Jason Terry, and Doc Rivers, that shouldn’t be hard to do – Cousins could end up being a key piece of what the Celtics are trying to do. Think about it: If Cousins lands in Boston, the rebounding problems would be addressed in a big way, as Cousins is a true center who could help improve the rebound numbers.
Currently, the Celtics are last in total rebounding and offensive rebounding. In my opinion, offensive boards are one of the most important things you need to win games. Just think back to that 2009 Finals loss to the Lakers. LA had several key misses at the end of Game 7, but the Celtics weren’t able to capitalize on because they couldn’t rebound. Boston nearly won that championship despite the absence of Kendrick Perkins was hurt that game.
Second chance points can turn momentum in a basketball game, and is one of the most underrated stats in basketball. Hopefully, Danny Ainge can pull a few rabbits out of his hat to get this deal done.
We need DeMarcus Cousins!