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NBA Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers Target DeMarcus Cousins Trade; Damian Lillard, Festus Ezeli Add Kings C

( [email protected] ) Sep 20, 2016 04:38 PM EDT
The Portland Trail Blazers are known to be the underdogs of the Western Conference. When LaMarcus Aldridge left last season and signed with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in the San Antonio Spurs, the team had only Damian Lillard to rely on in crucial games. However, things could change soon as another alpha dog is expected to be shipped in this offseason.
The Sacramento Kings are reportedly looking for trade partners to sign DeMarcus Cousins. Mike/Wikimedia Commons

The Portland Trail Blazers are known to be the underdogs of the Western Conference. When LaMarcus Aldridge left last season and signed with Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green in the San Antonio Spurs, the team had only Damian Lillard to rely on in crucial games. However, things could change soon as another alpha dog is expected to be shipped in this offseason.

A DeMarcus Cousins trade has been said to be in the works with the Portland Trail Blazers. With the rocky relationship between the Sacramento Kings and the big man, their divorce no longer comes as a surprise to many. With the recent victories of the center in the 2016 Rio Olympics, fans believe that he is set to find a team that can better take advantage of his talent.

Pretty much like their status in the Western Conference, the Portland Trail Blazers are considered dark horses in the race towards a DeMarcus Cousins trade. Rumors are rife that among the NBA teams interested in the star are the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets and Chicago Bulls. While the Sacramento Kings are undoubtedly looking into negotiating with the team that offers the best assets, the center is reportedly more keen on landing with a team that can handle his passion.

"They're fooling themselves if they think he's sticking around," commented a league executive on a potential DeMarcus Cousins trade. The source further noted, "The good news for them is his value will always be high. There isn't a point of no return in which you're not getting high value for him. Teams will bid against each other in the trade market. Maybe [Cousins] doesn't go for the biggest money in free agency but you'd love to have that card to play."

Will a DeMarcus Cousins trade be the answer to the ailing Portland Trail Blazers? Fans of the NBA team feel that the pressure of the Western Conference, which has the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma City Thunder, could be too much for just Damian Lillard to handle. Can they finally dominate in the playoffs with the Sacramento Kings star in their lineup?

At this point, no comment has been given by any of the parties involved in the DeMarcus Cousins trade rumor. However, fans remain optimistic that the Sacramento Kings star could eventually find his way to the Portland Trail Blazers roster and team up with Damian Lillard for a realistic NBA title run.

What do you think? Should the Sacramento Kings give in to the calls for a DeMarcus Cousins trade? Will the Portland Trail Blazers be a good fit for the center?


Tags : NBA rumors, Portland Trail Blazers, DeMarcus Cousins, Damian Lillard, Sacramento Kings