While the Celtics could pull off such a move, in a package based around Avery Bradley and Jared Sullinger with others such as Courtney Lee, Fab Melo, Brandon Bass, etc., Danny Ainge should walk away and let some other team inherit that headache.
A one-two punch of Rajon Rondo and Cousins for the next few years looks great on paper, but it would be a ticking time bomb waiting to blow the team up. Both guys have been known for their volatility. Rondo butting heads with Doc Rivers has been well documented, as well as his hate for video screens. Cousins has already been suspended three times this year alone.
So why not put these two guys together? I mean Doc's job is getting too easy anyway, right?
All it would take for the Rondo-Cousins pairing to implode would be a stretch of bad games or an early round playoff exit. Then the excuses would start: Cousins saying Rondo isn't getting him the ball in the right spots, Rondo saying Cousins needs to shut his mouth because Rondo is the leader of the team, Cousins complaining about Rondo's shooting woes, Rondo complaining about Cousins' low field goal percentage and on and on and on.
Keep in mind this would be happening in the ever present Boston media, something Cousins has not had to deal with in Sacramento. Every little thing Cousins did would be dissected 20 different ways and I could see him getting sick of that scrutiny pretty quick.
Sure, Cousins could join Boston and the combination of Kevin Garnett, Rivers and other veterans on the team could smarten him up. But is he really worth the risk?
Ainge would be giving up on a team that is just starting to show what it can do defensively. Bradley should be penciled in as the starting two-guard for the foreseeable future and his ability to shut down the opposite teams best guard is more than valuable.
Sullinger is only going to get better, when the refs let him play and stop calling rookie fouls on him. And don't forget, Sully can shoot. It seems like Doc is focusing on Sullinger's rebounding and defense this year and not on getting him shots, but the guy was dropping threes like nobody's business in the preseason.
The amount of, and caliber of, players the Celtics would have to give up for Cousins would essentially throw in the towel on this season. While the Celtics sit under .500 right now, they aren't giving up and Garnett and Paul Pierce did not sign back up to rebuild.
The owners of the Kings reportedly love Cousins. Well they can have him. Hope they enjoy being near the bottom in the Western Conference year in and year out.
The Maloofs' love is everyone else's gain. Mark my words: The Kings as currently constructed will never win a playoff series, let alone a championship. There is plenty of talent on that team, but it's all selfish talent with all the players playing "hero ball." And Cousins is right at the center of it.
Do we really think he will have some epiphany in green and all of a sudden be a great teammate and put the team first? And don't forget about the draft picks, you know, how the Celtics got Bradley and Sullinger in the first place. Trades are always a gamble, but the risk should be on whether a new guy's talent will mesh with your style of play. It should not be worrying if he is one bad game away from putting your team on blast and quitting on you.
If the Celtics are willing to deal the young guys for top talent, they should look elsewhere. Right now, the team could use another rebounder, but they should be able to swing a deal for someone serviceable without giving up one of the up-and-comers. As for the future, it looks just fine. Eric Blaisdell 1/06/2013 01:53:00 PM Tweet Edit