Why the Kings and Celtics are ideal trade partners

BY foxsports • May 28, 2015

The Boston Celtics are looking to have a big offseason.

They have tons of draft picks, lots of cap space and a big market paired with an intelligent front office to offer free agents and potential big-name trade pieces. What's not to like?

Over at Bleacher Report, Grant Rinder details some of the organizations the Celtics might look to in attempting to pull off a deal? And who's one of the main franchises he says would be a perfect fit with Boston in an offseason deal? The Kings, of course.

Here's some of what Rinder had to say:

You can read the full article here.

Obviously, trading DeMarcus Cousins would depress a bunch of Kings fans out there, but it's a distinct possibility given the instability of this organization and the happiness of its star center. Boston has asset on top of asset to trade. If it's willing to unload multiple picks and even more talent in order to acquire one of the premier talents of his generation in Cousins, that might be something the Kings have to consider.

(H/t to Grant Rinder at Bleacher Report.)

Obviously, the biggest name in Sacramento is DeMarcus Cousins, who would make a perfect fit in Boston.

The Kings’ front office has made it clear they value Cousins, including Vlade Divac, who went so far as to declare the enigmatic center “untradeable” on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

Surely if the Kings don’t feel confident that Cousins wants to be in Sacramento long term, they could be amenable to a trade, but there are also more deals to be made.

The Kings are facing somewhat of a win-now mandate after years of missing the postseason and could be willing to part with some of their better young assets.

Beyond Cousins, Sacramento also has Ben McLemore, who has shown huge promise as a two-way athlete, Nik Stauskas, who could become a useful shooter, and Derrick Williams, who is due a big qualifying offer but might slot in well at the 3 for Boston.

The Kings could use a more polished power forward to accent Cousins, and Sullinger actually would make a nice fit alongside him if he improves his three-pointer.


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