Is there anything worse than the NBA trade rumor mill spinning for two slumping teams this season? The Sacramento Kings might be falling far behind in the Western Conference this season, but the team surely has some interesting players that several franchises are interested to acquire. Not to mention the famous DeMarcus Cousins. Rudy Gay is another name from the Kings who's making headlines these days. Strip them off from the Kings and the franchise will most definitely end up at the bottom.
Cousins and Gay going to the Minnesota Timberwolves of course will come with a price. The Timberwolves, who are worse than the Kings as of this current season, are trying to acquire both stars to play with them in exchange of Zach LaVine, Gorgei Deing, Kris Dunn, Nikola Pekovic along with a 2017 first-round draft pick. Ricky Rubio's name even surfaced earlier in October, saying he can be a good equivalent of Cousins if ever a trade between the Timberwolves and the Kings will happen.
The suggested trade is said to be a legal deal since the salary cap and trade rules are met as checked on the ESPN Trade Machine.
If the Kings have been struggling to add a point to their six wins, the Timberwolves, on the other hand, are closer to the edge with five wins and are sticking at the 13th spot on the Western Conference standing. Pundits are now suggesting the latter to sign better players, where Cousins obviously fits the description. Gay, on the other hand, is also making good numbers this season, making him a worthy piece for a trade deal.
Both Cousins and Gay are also set to enter the free agency, and theories suggest that the players will be traded early before the February deadline. That is, unless the Kings have intentions to keep them until past 2018. Gay already expressed his intentions of breaking up with his team after this season which reports claim is a decision he made out of his disappointment with his team's poor performance.
As for Cousins' case, the Kings are reportedly sick of Boogie's behavior. Observers say the NBA star is not worth keeping despite his huge contribution to the team. Earlier reports claimed that Cousins will be kicked out sometime this year because some of the franchise owners and most of his teammates resent him. However, it was also reported that the Kings owner, Vivek Ranadivé, is not yet ready to release his biggest star who was also hailed as this season's best center.
If the trade theory materializes, it is expected that Gay and Cousins will be the main scoring machine of the Timberwolves as well as the team's defensive bets. The bonus here is that Cousins is also known for his offensive skill set, plus he is young and enthusiastic. Being tied with the Kings has hindered him from quenching his thirst for a championship title, but going to the Timberwolves might just keep him farther from his dreams.
It is then unclear whether we will see the stars heading to their next team in 2017 or if they will be re-signed to help improve the team's performance in the next season.