Do the Wizards really want DeMarcus Cousins?
That’s the question I keep asking myself, continuing in circles without much of an answer.
Can the Wizards even get DeMarcus Cousins? Perhaps.
Today, there’s this nugget in an article by USA Today’s Sam Amick:
While Cousins has insisted publicly that he does not want to be traded, his story has been different privately. The recent hiring of influential agent Dan Fegan has led to the widespread assumption within the organization that Cousins will eventually demand a trade. Specifically, two people close to the situation who requested anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation said a trade to the Washington Wizards would be considered ideal for Cousins and Fegan because Cousins could rejoin former Kentucky teammate and fellow Fegan client, point guard John Wall. The Wizards, who are known to have expressed recent interest in Cousins, have been told by the Kings that they have no intention of trading him.
Amick’s article also outlines strife within the Kings organization about how to deal with Cousins. Ownership — the bumbling, stumbling Maloof brothers — is sending one message, that they want to keep Cousins and his reoccurring attitude problems. Coach Keith Smart seems to want to deal with Cousins in a different manner: discipline. General manager Geoff Petrie is being rendered an uninvolved party and is perhaps on his way to retirement.
But before the Wizards travel down that road, they need to look in the mirror and answer some questions.
Can a franchise that just got rid of Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee afford to risk its future on another … character? Cousins is no Andray Blatche, that’s for sure. In fact, he’s quite the opposite, but not necessarily in a good way. Unlike Blatche, Cousins has passion and can be a bruising force near the rim. And presumably, Cousins doesn’t have a headful of feathers like McGee, but rather one filled with buzzers, flashing red lights, and a mini-Lou Ferrigno.
What about Cousins’ relationship with John Wall? Is that the magic elixir? To reunite college teammates and friends?
What about Randy Wittman? Can he coach DeMarcus Cousins? Can any coach coach Cousins? Team owner Ted Leonsis seems to have a soft spot for fixing frayed humanity, and Cousins could be another pet project who could pay huge dividends. Still, the Wizards franchise can barely be trusted with their own, non-hot-headed players. Can they, with factors in their favor — Wall, a compassionate owner, and agent Dan Fegan — overcome the stigmas all around?
Speaking of Fegan, if anyone can force a trade of Cousins to a desired destination while selling shit to a toilet bowl, it’s him.
The circles continue. Question marks galore.
Washington Wizards get: DeMarcus Cousins and Aaron Brooks
Sacramento Kings get: Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter
Utah Jazz get: Bradley Beal and Jan Vesely
Before I could respond, Santiago followed up with this slightly tweaked trade:
Wizards get: DeMarcus Cousins, Travis Outlaw and Isaiah Thomas
Kings get: Gordon Hayward and Enes Kanter
Jazz get: Bradley Beal and Jan Vesely
My gut says no to both. Although the Wizards would be on the presumed to be ideal side of a “you don’t trade big for small” deal, the factor of the personalities involved is overwhelming. Plus, just because the 19-year old Bradley Beal has proven that his jumper can’t hit the side of a barn more often than not doesn’t mean that the Wizards should give up on him. The kid has a long way to go.
The only idea I could muster is Kevin Seraphin, Trevor Booker (or Chris Singleton) and Washington’s 2013 first round pick for Cousins. But, although the Kings seem to be in damage control over their increasing desperation to ship Cousins out of town, I’m not sure that offer gets Sacramento to bite, especially when other teams could offer more. Then again, Washington’s first rounder will almost certainly be a high lottery pick (again).
So what would you do?
Until next time.