The Celtics are in on DeMarcus Cousins according to Marc Stein:
Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Rest assured there will be more.
After serving a one-game “indefinite” suspension and then sitting out a second game once reinstated, Cousins returned to the Kings’ lineup last night in their 106-105 victory over the Knicks and put up 15 points, 10 rebounds and 5 assists.
On the season, Cousins is averaging 16.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and sports a 19.01 PER despite a 41% shooting percentage, an abominable number for a 6’11″ 270 pound center. A major part of that deficiency is his tendency to drift from the basket and take face-up jumpers.
Cousins is no charm school graduate but it’s unclear whether the Kings are willing to move him. He’s only 22-years-old and one of the few guys in the league who projects as a dominant center. It does appear that Cousins may want out of a toxic situation in Sacramento, having recently hired Dan Fegan as his agent. Fegan has clashed with Sacramento GM Geoff Petrie before and faces increasing pressure to turn the Kings around. Stein:
There’s a growing sense among potential suitors that under-fire Kings general manager Geoff Petrie, who has overseen zero trips to the playoffs under five coaches in the six-plus seasons since Rick Adelman left town, would be willing to move Cousins, preferably in exchange for a dependable veteran of quality or two who could bring some instant improvement to a franchise stuck in lottery land and still plagued by an uncertain future in terms of where this team will be calling home in the long term.
As to the match with the Celtics? Boston can offer “dependable veterans of quality” Brandon Bass, Jeff Green, and Courtney Lee although a package might have to include Avery Bradley, Jared Sullinger or D-League monster Fab Melo. Some combination of those six guys might get the deal done, particularly if the Celtics are willing to absorb a bad Sacramento contract.