Indiana Pacers Paul George has been one of the hottest items in the rumor mill for the past weeks. And given that the trade season is open until its deadline in February, superstar center DeMarcus Cousins is being caught up in the trade speculation.
A rumored deal between the teams Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings reportedly involves the exchange of basketball superstars George and Cousins. Other teams are allegedly lined up for George's talent as he has been linked and rumored to be traded to Boston Celtics, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, Los Angeles Lakers and now, Sacramento Kings.
As for Cousins, the controversy revolving around his dissatisfaction in Sacramento Kings is intensifying his involvement in the trade rumors. As he is to be an unrestricted free agent in about a year and a half, the Kings is now in the work of finding a potential trade that will give them an equal in terms of value.
It has been suggested that it would be George and Monta Ellis for the Kings while Cousins and Rudy Gay for the Pacers. Playing by the NBA trade rules and salary cap restrictions, this can be a legal deal between the teams. Meanwhile, speculations about the possible benefits and advantages of carrying out this trade are starting to transpire once again.
The Kings' choice to bring in a 3-time NBA All-Star can enhance the team's stats and the move to take Ellis will be the solution for the lacking defense in their starting point guard position. As for the Pacers, a dominant center will be a solid point. Gay can replace George in the small forward without encountering any problem.
This trade has a high chance of happening earlier to eliminate the risk of George opting out of his contract in the next season and not approving on the offered extension. Pacers has yet to make a decision on whether they are to lose him for nothing or trade him for someone who can be as valuable for their team.