DeMarcus Cousins to the Chicago Bulls!
Will the Sacramento Kings trade their best player to the Bulls?
One of the latest NBA rumors from the website Sports Mockery has the Bulls acquiring arguably the league’s best center. Cousins to the Bulls is just one of several rumors involving Chicago. The franchise that most NBA observers consider a conservative group might actually pull off a major trade before the start of the season. What the Bulls wind up doing will indicate what kind of team the front office believe they have.
Are the Chicago Bulls a middling basketball team, mired in mediocrity?
Are they a young all-star away from being a championship contender?
Truthfully, the answer is somewhere in between. The additions of guards Dwyane Wade and Rajon Rondo makes the Bulls relevant. Not to say that without them, they would not have been. There was already an all-star place with Jimmy Butler. Expected improvement from Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic, and Bobby Portis could have meant that the Bulls were a collection capable of winning 42 games.
— ✶ Sports Mockery ✶ (@sportsmockery) August 2, 2016
With Wade and Rondo on board, the prognosticators do not see much improvement on that 42-win total. What they see is a Bulls’ team that lost Derrick Rose, Pau Gasol, and Joakim Noah.
What gets lost is the fact that everyone who has left the Bulls missed at least 15 games apiece. Dwyane Wade is not a poster board for good health, but his championship experience brings about some guile. That is an invaluable asset to have during the crunch time of the NBA season.
Looking at this Chicago Bulls team, there is something missing. There is some unfinished business to attend to.
The Bulls have an incomplete roster right now. Too much of the focus have been placed on the lack of shooting.
Overall, shooting comes and goes unless a team is the Golden State Warriors. And even then, the Warriors missed their three-point shots during the NBA Finals and lost to a Cleveland Cavaliers‘ bunch that did not light it up from a distance. For the Bulls, having shooters is important, but they are thin in terms of size.
"I love Rajon Rondo and Jimmy Butler and they got Dwyane Wade. Chicago is a great city and they got a squad." #Bulls
– Demarcus Cousins
— Chicago Sports News (@ChiSportUpdates) July 31, 2016
Robin Lopez is the only Bulls’ player listed taller than 6-10. Someone has to rebound the basketball. Someone has to protect the basket on defense. This has fueled the rumors about the Bulls looking at a DeMarcus Cousins’ trade.
An uneasy feeling hovers over the idea of DeMarcus Cousins joining the Chicago Bulls.
Cousins is a perfect fit for what the Bulls need. Again, most of the criticism has been placed on the lack of shooting. The Bulls have shooters in McDermott, Mirotic, Denzel Valentine, and Isaiah Canaan. There is not a single proven low post presence on the team. That does not mean that a consistent “get us an easy shot” player will not emerge. Emphasis is placed on bringing in a player with such ability.
While this NBA rumor is goods for the Chicago Bulls, if you are a fan of the Sacramento Kings you will question the logic. A good trade requires two teams to agree on a deal. And the Bulls would absolutely take on DeMarcus Cousins for the right combination.
The Kings will want the Bulls to include Bobby Portis in any trade for DeMarcus Cousins. Along with Portis, the report from Yibada has Mirotic going back to the Kings as well. It is likely that the Bulls will have to add draft picks to give the Kings a fair return.
Here is the uneasy feeling.
As much as a trade for DeMarcus Cousins make sense for the Chicago Bulls, do not expect the Sacramento Kings to move him anytime soon. This idea will be something that the NBA rumor mill will keep churning out for a while. It would be wise for the Kings to wait until the trade deadline to come before they strongly consider trading their all-star center. Waiting will probably hurt his trade value, but the Kings owe it to themselves to see if they can develop a winner around him.
New Kings’ coach Dave Joerger deserves an opportunity to reach Cousins before they look to trade him. According to their annual summer forecast, ESPN does not consider the Sacramento Kings to be a playoff team next season. That does not mean they cannot make the next step towards playoff contention. The Kings would benefit by playing the wait and see game.
That will not deter the Chicago Bulls from inquiring about DeMarcus Cousins’ availability. The Bulls will work the phones about him and his teammate, forward Rudy Gay.
The NBA rumors continue to swirl about the Chicago Bulls and their interest in DeMarcus Cousins. The Sacramento Kings may eventually trade their all-star center, but it would be wise for them to wait out the process. This will leave the Bulls to look at other options to capitalize their roster, or even wait out the process with the Kings.
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