We all know the Boston Celtics need help. They would be the first ones to tell you that.
They can't seem to string together the kind of winning streak they need right about now, when they're two games under .500, losers of three in a row and stuck in third place in the Atlantic Division, seven games behind the New York Knicks.
In some ways, they are stuck. They don't know what kind of team they're going to be when Avery Bradley makes his 2012-13 debut, and because his return is expected to make a colossal impact on this team, they're kind of in wait-and-see mode.
But while they are in wait-and-see mode, they could stand to make some frontcourt upgrades, especially as they weather the blow from the latest injury to center Chris Wilcox. And that's where DeMarcus Cousins comes in.
Many of the rumors contend that the Sacramento Kings are unwilling to part ways with Cousins, who is averaging 16.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists in his third year in the league. General manager Geoff Petrie recently told NBA.com's David Aldridge that, despite making plenty of headlines for the wrong reasons as of late, the talented young forward isn't going anywhere.
Just days after Cousins was suspended for getting into a shouting match with head coach Keith Smart at halftime during a game against the Clippers, Petrie told Aldridge:
You can put that one to rest. He's not going anywhere. You can lay that to rest. Some of that stuff lives in its own reality.
But not so fast. Other sources within the organization told Aldridge the exact opposite. Cousins has been suspended three times this year, and at least one source claims that the rest of the team is simply fed up. An unnamed source told Aldridge:
When he apologized to the team, two players stood up and said, "We've heard this bull[bleep] before. You're either going to be with us, or you're not. We don't want to hear any more excuses."
That seems to set things up nicely for a trade.
Obviously, Cousins' off-court problems make him far from the perfect package. But precisely because of that, Boston could be the perfect destination for him. For one thing, Doc Rivers never met a player he couldn't handle—and across the board, he is respected and beloved by his team. Rivers knows how to handle his players.
And just for good measure, so do Boston's veterans. Kevin Garnett is the kind of player who knows how to put his younger teammates in their places. He may not be well-liked across the league, but he is respected—especially on his own team. Maybe Cousins needs that kind of leadership in order to get his act together.
Then, of course, there's what he does on the court. As it stands, the Celtics rank 17th in the league in points scored and 17th in points allowed. They're constantly criticized for being too reliant upon old veterans. Cousins gives them offense, he gives them defense and he gives them youth.
Plus, due to injuries and a lack of depth, the Celtics barely have a center at this point, and they need someone competent in the middle if they're going to compete with the likes of New York and Brooklyn in the Atlantic.
An attitude problem would be the least of the Celtics' worries. Cousins would work out just fine in Boston.