The NBA season is still young, but DeMarcus Cousins trade rumors have already begun. They first surfaced yesterday from The Sporting News.
“I’d say they have three months, tops,” one Western Conference general manager told Sporting News, requesting anonymity because he is not allowed to speak about other teams’ players. “Probably more like a month, or month-and-a-half, because the closer they get to the (February trade) deadline, the less they’re going to get back. If you’re trying to trade him the week of the deadline, it’s going to be tougher.”
According to the report, Boston and Denver appear to be the most likely options, but there’s one more option that should be on the table: Washington.
Reuniting John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins would be the best thing to happen to Kentucky fans in the DMV since the two teamed up back in 2009. Both are all-stars, but neither have been able to reach their full potential, not at their time in Kentucky or in the NBA. Boogie has developed a bad reputation around the league and Wall has never had a supporting cast to take the Wizards to the next level. Putting the two together could solve all their problems.
This isn’t just wishful thinking by a Kentucky fan. Neil Greenberg of The Washington Post believes bringing Boogie to D.C. is the best option to please their franchise player and help him reach his full potential. He uses anecdotal evidence and advanced analytics to support his argument. His three main points:
1. The Wizards didn’t make any big moves in free agency.
2. Wall and Bradley Beal do not mesh well together on the court.
3. Beal is enticing enough to trade for.
Beal has a high ceiling, but injuries have often kept him off the court, playing in 63 and 55 games in the last two seasons. Even when Beal did play, advanced analytics indicate they did not benefit much from his services. The Wizards were forced to overpay for Beal in free agency and trading him is probably their best option.
Greenberg played out what potentially could happen:
Beal can’t be traded until Jan. 14, per the terms of the CBA, but to get a player like Cousins you have to give up value, too, and Beal is the top piece the Wizards can offer. A straight-up Beal-for-Cousins deal wouldn’t meet league trade requirements, nor are the Kings likely to bite on that offer, even with Beal’s potential. The Wizards would likely have to sweeten the pot with another player with upside (Kelly Oubre Jr. or Otto Porter Jr. perhaps), while absorbing an unsavory contract from Sacramento. (Just for example, salaries match closely enough if you traded Cousins and disgruntled swingman Rudy Gay for Beal and Porter.)
It might be a longshot, but it’s possible. If the Wizards are wise, they will make the move. Not only could they be on the brink of becoming a superteam by putting the two together, they would inherit the Big Blue Nation. Merchandise sales would go through the roof across the country and there is a large population of Kentucky fans in the D.C. area to fill their arena.
Boogie trade talks have been going on and will go on for as long as he’s in Sacramento. The best move for all parties is to move him to D.C. So I ask, I beg, please Washington Wizards, PLEASE bring Boogie to D.C.