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Trading for Cousins

Trade rumors have started swirling around Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins are the Celtics are reportedly interested in him. Cousins would be a great fit for the Celtics due to their need for a legitimate starting center. Kevin Garnett has played well while in the center role, but he's not a true center like Cousins is, and Jason Collins is just not good enough to be a starting center in the NBA. Cousins would also help defensively and give the Celtics a big boost in rebounding which is must needed considering that they're 29th in the league in rebounding. Also Cousins would give the Celtics what they need most, size. The Celtics always have to play small because they don't have any big men to play together so they can't match up defensively sometimes. Now in theory this all sounds nice, but in order to Cousins they'll have to give up something as well.

The Celtics don't have that many players with a lot of trade value so making a deal will be hard. The players on the team that have any real trade value are Rajon Rondo, Avery Bradley and Jarred Sullinger. The Celtics wouldn't want to part with Rondo so the deal would have to be Bradley and Sullinger for Cousins. If that isn't enough a first round pick in this years draft should be enough to clinch the deal. This would make sense for the Kings, because it would give Tyreke Evens a partner in the back court (If Bradley returns to PG) and give them a good young player to help them in their rebuilding process in Sullinger along with the draft pick which would also help with that. To make it a 2-for-2 trade a nice throw in from the Kings would be Tyler Honeycutt. Honeycutt isn't an impact player by any means, but I still think he'd be a nice fit for this Celtics team. He hasn't played much in his first two NBA seasons, but in 17 games he's played very good defense and horrible offense. The Celtics don't need any more scorers off the bench, but they could use a quality defender which is exactly what Honeycutt would provide. He take Sullinger's minutes in the rotation and play both SF and PF coming off the bench and providing excellent defense. Also, just because he hasn't shot well in the NBA so far doesn't mean his shot will never come around. He was a 43% shooter in two seasons at UCLA and shot 36% from behind the arc. Maybe in the right environment he'll be able shoot at least close to the way he shot at UCLA, but I'm sure if he's left open he'll be able to make a shot.

The question about trading for Cousins is his character. So far in his three seasons he's had several altercations with coaches and players. but if he comes to Boston I think that his attitude may change. In Sacramento there hasn't been a veteran leader for him to look up to or a coach that he can respect. In Boston he'll have Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Doc Rivers to help him mature and learn how to act like a professional on and off the court. With those three "babysitting" him I think he'll finally grow up and play without any more distractions.

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