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Just when you thought it was safe to put the DeMarcus Cousins speculation behind us...
To be clear here, I don't believe I've seen a specific rumor from what I'd consider a trusted source linking the Celtics and the Kings on any potential trade for DeMarcus Cousins. Everything is speculation at this point as far as I can tell. So with that lead in, ...here we go.
The situation is getting weirder by the day in Sactown.
OK, so water under the bridge and everyone can move on, right? Well, not so much. The Sacramento Bee reports Cousins did not travel with the team to Portland and will not play Wednesday night vs. the Trail Blazers. Smart had said Tuesday that Cousins' reinstatement did not automatically mean he would play this week. This is starting to sound a lot like ownership and management wanted Cousins back, and the coaching staff and team aren't so keen on him being back. He's not losing money, but things are not OK.
Cousins has apparently fired his agent and hired Dan Fegan. Yeah.
So of course someone (probably many someones) asked Chad Ford to speculate on the Celtics interest in his chat.
I do think the Celtics are one of the teams that would be willing to pull the trigger on a Cousins deal. Danny Ainge has never been afraid of players like Cousins. They do have assets too: Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo, Avery Bradley are all players the Kings would have interest in. However, if the Kings do that deal, they take another step backward. Not sure if there's room anymore for the Kings to keep going backward. Pistons, Mavs and Heat are other teams with a lot of interest.
Here we go. Rumor season!