According to new reports, the Chicago Bulls and Sacramento Kings are cooking up a league-shattering deal that would involve moving a total of five players. Based on the details of the deal, these include DeMarcus Cousins and Jimmy Butler.
Ultimately, the rumored deal will send Cousins to the Bulls and Butler to the Kings. But aside from these two, the trade will also affect other players from both sides. According to Fox Sports, aside from Cousins, another player that that will be shopped to the Bulls is Rudy Gay. In exchange, the Chicago franchise will be giving up Butler, Doug McDermott and Robin Lopez.
If this goes down, then the five-player blockbuster deal will be the biggest trade to happen in the history of the NBA. It's also significant enough to affect the dynamic of the rosters of the teams involved due to the number of players that will be moved through the trade.
The trade will certainly affect the Bulls and Kings' chances of becoming next season's top title contenders. For one, shifting Cousins to the Bulls will put Gay and Cousins alongside their former Kings teammate Rajon Rondo.
With the trio together again, they could form an unstoppable force by teaming up with veteran Dwayne Wade, who left the Miami Heat during the offseason to sign with the Bulls.
As for the Kings, the fresh new players composed of Butler, Lopez and McDermott will surely lighten up the team's environment. For some time now, Sacramento has dealt with the drama between the front office and Cousins. As previously revealed by Rondo, this feud reached a point where it affected the entire relationship of the team.
Getting brand new players could fix this issue and lead to a better season for the Sacramento organization.
Also, the trade will be very good for the Kings in terms of its financial implication. As noted by 247 Sports, the Kings will most likely lose Cousins once he becomes a free agent in 2018. By trading him away now, they'll at least get a handful of quality players in return.
"They're fooling themselves if they think he's sticking around," an unnamed league executive said according to CBS Sports. "The good news for them is his high value will always be high. There isn't a point of no return in which you're not getting high value for him."