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Demarcus Cousins Wants A Trade!!!!!

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As a Celtics fan I want us to

As a Celtics fan I want us to take a chance on Cousins. Rondo is the star of the team, but not a first option realistically, so Cousins would fill that role. Also, they have the perfect support system to help Cousins shed his knucklehead tendencies with Rivers and the Big 3. I would be okay with Ainge offering one of our first round picks and maybe Bass and a couple of second-round picks. So long as they keep Rondo and the Big 3.

I feel more than anything that Cousins is frustrated the Kings aren't winning, and that because their current strategy isn't working, that he should be given more of a role to see if he can help them be more successful. He's a very competitive guy who had the misfortune of being draft a year after Reke, who cemented himself as their star with the 20-5-5 statline.

Also, anyone who watches a Kings game can tell Westphal is doing a terrible job controlling the chucking instincts of guards like Thornton.

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demarcus cousins wouldnt fit

demarcus cousins wouldnt fit with detroit

i want monroe on the low block only, not no crazy cry baby with cousins

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I suppose that the Kings may

I suppose that the Kings may look to trade DMC out East instead of to a conference rival but Kayjay mentioning Coach Karl made Denver spring to mind, they could offer Andre Miller who would bring the Kings veteran leadership and a future first rounder or Mozgov and a future first rounder.

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I suppose that the Kings may

I suppose that the Kings may look to trade DMC out East instead of to a conference rival but Kayjay mentioning Coach Karl made Denver spring to mind, they could offer Andre Miller who would bring the Kings veteran leadership and a future first rounder or Mozgov and a future first rounder.

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I agree, if I'm Philly I jump

I agree, if I'm Philly I jump at sending Iggy & either Hawes or Speights for DeMarcus & Salmons. He's obviously immature & very emotional, but he's also extremely talented and with a strong coach in Collins who does a very good job with young players I think they can get the most out of him. They're set at PG with Jrue & Lou Williams backing up. Turner at the 2 is ready to be let loose when they decide to move on from Iguodala. Thad Young at the 3 is effecient and the perfect 6th man in Collins rotation. Brand is coming to the end of a huge contract and they'll have major $$ to spend in FA when he comes off the books to pair another big, probably a 4, with Cousins and the young guys still won't be eligible for extensions yet. It may not be a no-brainer because of Cousins' attitude, but it's something I'd look long & hard at if I'm Philly

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I don't care how talented he

I don't care how talented he is, or how much potential he has. If he can't do what he's being paid to do, then he is of no use to anyone.

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hubhub, great post, I agree of course

but I think Salmons would start at the Sg spot this year, allowing Turner to learn behind him for one more year, Young could slide into Iggy's starting spot and he's earned that right IMO

My lineup for the rest of this season would be as followed

Holiday - Salmons - Young - Brand - Cousins- Williams - Meeks - Turner - Speights - Vucevic - Nocioni - Brackins - Battie...that's the 13 man roster...clearly Brand and Cousins are going to play alot of minutes and that should please DMC to an extent...

next year's lineup would very different...First I'd Amnesty Brand in the offseason(July is the earliest we can use the Amnesty) clearing his 18 million dollar salary from the Cap...Second, I'd let Nocioni and Battie go thus shaving another 6.5 million in cap space...Meeks and Speights can be brought for the right price, if they demand more than 4 million each, I'd let them go too...With our Draft Pick I'd look for the a replacement for Iggy or a starting Power Forward prospect...I'd use the money saved from Brand, Battie and Nocioni to chase one of the big Free Agents(Dwight, D.Will or any of the RFA's that can make an Impact)

Line up next year...

Holiday - Turner - Young - Beasley(realistic RFA signing) - Cousins - Williams - Meeks - Salmons - Speights - Vucevic - Brackins - (2012 Draft pick in the 10 - 20 range)

yes that team has some headcases in Beasley and Cousins but their talent is undeniable and Holiday, Turner and Young are all level headed players that can play off them well, Lou Williams is still a great scorer off the bench and Meeks and Speights can also help the 2nd unit...Our draft pick could be a great addition as well...

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ehh

Not sure about giving up Iggy for D-Cuz.

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The guy is in his second year

The guy is in his second year in the league and he thinks he has the rights to demand a trade like a superstar? WTF

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Marcus Thornton is averaging almost 19ppg on 45% 3pt shooting (46% overall). Its not like he is garbage or he is not contributing to what little success the Kings have. He is not a true PG and not a great defender, but calling a guy a chucker is a bit unfair as long as he shoots a good percentage.

As far as Westphal, its not all his fault, he is working with what he has, unfortunately, he has too many guys with a score first mentality, but what do you expect? Westphal's philosophy is offensive with less focus on defense....he has the right roster for that, lol.

About 3 days ago, Cousins referred to Thornton as a "superstar" and huge shot maker. He had very high praise for Thorton. He doesnt have a problem with Thornton. He has a problem with not being the leading scorer and focal point of attention on the club...which I think the latter he is starting to get his wish, albeit going about it the totally WRONG way.

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I agree that Thornton is a

I agree that Thornton is a very talented player, but he does get a little trigger happy, and you can tell it's visibly frustrating his teammates. He makes a lot of isolation moves, and while he scores efficiently in a lot of those situations, there have been a number of instances where a player on his team was in a better position but he let fly regardless.

It's not so much that he's a chucker I suppose, but he isn't what I'd call a high bball IQ player and needs to pick his spots to shoot better to fit in with the team concept more.

That said, Westphal doesn't seem to have any sort of system in place for Marcus to follow, so Thornton can't get all the blame.

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^^^

he is actually following Westphal's system...to score. I can see why Cousins would not buy into the system, it doesnt necessarily make him look good. its not like he is going from John Wall to Rondo or CP3, he is going from Wall to Thornton, Reke, Jimmer, Thomas, not one of those guys is a natural distributor, they are all known for their scoring. Opportunities for bigs are not as easily created. Getting back to Cousins looking good....right now, its still all about him, he has a star's attitude despite not being a star in the league yet.

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I'm glad I'm not the only one

I'm glad I'm not the only one who is slightly confused on what grounds DC has to demand a trade. He clearly hasn't bought into the system they have in place in sacramento. What makes changing teams all of a sudden a grand solution... He will still have to play under the system in place wherever he ends up, no coach will change their philosophy just to make him happy.. And what team will be willing to dish out a whole lot of talent if all their gonna get in return is a borderline arrogant C who wants to play his way or walk out the door... Yes he is talented but he has to understand that he doesn't get to draw up plays until he's a coach. DC, you're a pro basketball player, you can't have your cake and eat it too.... But perhaps this was in part to the coaching at Sac, I am not completely in the loop there and judging by what's been said earlier in this thread, the coaching is definitely in question..

If he does get traded it will be to a team with a very strong coach and/or many veterans (which incidentally does not describe sacramento) who would be confident in asserting that they can force him to play they want him to whether he wants to or not. Otherwise we'll just be listening to him complain again within the next year or so...

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All I have to say about this

All I have to say about this situation is Cousins needs to grow up and stop acting like a little b*tch. Grow the f*ck up!!!

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Bring him to Minny!!!

What about some combination of Beasley, Randolph, and Darko for Cousins? The Wolves need to jump on that NOW. Beasley and Randolph are good future pieces, and Darko is a solid C (maybe not a star, but he can be a serviceable NBA C). The Wolves would then have a core of Rubio, an SG, Williams, Love, and Cousins. That would be an epic core to build around, and would be a nightmare in a few years or so.

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Evans also questioned the

Evans also questioned the coach so I don't see why the player even with his history is immediately the only person at fault. I am sure he is immature but this is nothing new. Also a lot of players in the league have attitudes. In time he can turn it around. Look at Z bo. Just because you give people money, that will not immediately make them mature.

The opposite has shown to be true in most cases from hollywood stars, congress, other sport stars, spoiled rich kids like Paris Hilton and Kardashians.

I doubt he is anywhere close to being the issues a lot of other rich young people are. Also Cousins has to realize that big men do tend to get a lot more critism. The same happened to Shaq.

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^^^

questioning the coach and demanding a trade are totally different. when someone asks for a trade at this level, it goes deeper than the coach because its not hard to get another coach. Cousins is discontent with something else, likely more than one particular thing. whatever the case, he is not a guy you want in the trenches with you because the first sign of trouble he abandons ship. if he does get traded, his new teammates will be really skeptical of him and definitely wont trust him when things are not going good.

you cant always win at this level. you cant always get your way either. Dallas sucks just as bad but I dont hear Dirk demanding a trade and they are the defending champs. Ok, lets go in another direction....how many games has Kevin Love won/lost since he has been with Minny? Catch my drift? I dont have a problem with him complaining, but to disrupt a team at the beginning of a short season is just not PROFESSIONAL.

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I can't believe people are

I can't believe people are still somewhat defending this guy. He's averaging 5 fouls a game and shooting 32% from the field. He has no right to blame any one but himself with numbers like that. The coach may not be the best but he's not the reason you go 4-16, 2-10, 7-18 and foul at a near constant level. It's called taking responsiblity for your own actions, something this kid clearly has no clue about.

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