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NBA Trade Rumors: Two Potential Fits for Kings' DeMarcus Cousins

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Brian LeighFeatured ColumnistDecember 29, 2012

The "Boogie Nights" era could be coming to an end in Sacramento, where, following his latest incident, capricious center DeMarcus Cousins could be on his way out.

After getting into a halftime altercation with coach Keith Smart, Cousins was suspended last week for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team." He didn't return from the locker room in a 97-85 loss against the Clippers, and has missed the subsequent home-and-home against Portland.

In a live chat, ESPN.com's Chad Ford confirmed that Cousins and his new agent are pushing to get the big man moved:

Cousins new agent will be pushing hard for a trade. They, along with the rest of the NBA, think the Kings ownership/management is dysfunctional and they want him out of there. The problem for the Kings is that Cousins is their best player, but given his frequent issues with coaches/teammates, teams aren't willing to give equal value back in return.

Whether a Cousins trade makes logistical sense remains to be seen. But if the Kings do shop the young big man, here are two teams that should pick up the phone immediately:

 

Boston Celtics

I mean, did you watch Boston's no-show against the Clippers two nights ago? This team needs to be infused with energy, with sweet, dewy entropy. And Boogie Cousins is an agent of chaos.

Grantland.com's Bill Simmons, the self-proclaimed "Picasso of the NBA Trade Machine," tweeted this potential deal for his beloved Celtics:

Boogie + Garcia's contract for Lee/Sullinger/Melo/1st rounder! MT @espnnba: Kings suspend DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely es.pn/VYJhYO

— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 22, 2012

 

That's a steep price for both teams to pay, but out of necessity, it's one they both have to make.

The Celtics lose valuable depth in Courtney Lee and Jared Sullinger, and also give up potential future pieces in Fab Melo and the pick. Lee and Sullinger are consummate team players, too, not needing to shoot every possession to be effective. In Sacramento, more than any other NBA city, that would be remarkably refreshing.

For Boston, they'd take a much-needed burden off of Kevin Garnett in the paint. They'd also be banking on Garnett's ability to mold the big men around him. If he can even bring out 80 percent of Boogie's potential, the experiment would be considered a success.

Pairing Cousins with fellow Kentucky alumnus, and contemporary knucklehead, Rajon Rondo is a minor cause for concern. But it's a risk the Celtics would be well-served to take.

 

Washington Wizards

I know, I know, I know. Why trade JaVale McGee to Denver just to bring another potentially crazy, high-ceiling center?

A couple of reasons, actually.

First and foremost, the Wizards' decision to deal McGee hasn't exactly panned out the way it was supposed to. The only thing larger than Nene's gut right now is the degree to which he's disappointed D.C. fans since arriving in town.

The team is 3-23, dead last in the NBA by a large margin. Why not bring in a guy with the potential to reach new heights? What do they have to lose?

Especially if his trade would, somehow, coincide with the return of point guard John Wall. Cousins and Wall spent a year together at Kentucky, complementing one another perfectly, and threatening to win a national title.

Cousins is difficult, borderline impossible, to understand. However, during their one year in Lexington, Wall seemed able to channel Boogie in a way no other player's proven capable of. They get each other, both on and off the court. 

Both former Wildcats have flashed scintillas of superstardom since entering the league, but neither has been able to do so consistently. Putting them back together could help them rediscover that groove.

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