Boogie Trade Destinations

John Rodriguez (JR), Kurt Russell (KR)

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By John Rodriguez and Kurt Russell

Arguably one of the top ten players in the league, Boogie Cousins recently cussed out coach George Karl in front of the entire Sacramento bench.  Looking at his five year career with the Kings thus far, DeMarcus has every reason to vent one of many frustrations he has had with this dysfunctional franchise.  The Kings have started off this year once again smelling up Sactown, off to a typical 3-7 start.  The team has not won 30 games since 2007-2008, Vivek Ranadive is a nut job, there’s a new coach every year, and they are piss poor at drafting….Entering what looks to be the prime of his career, Boogie deserves more.  Here are the top trade destinations for Boogie:

Note: All possible trades were run through the ESPN Trade Machine, so they are like realistic and such, maybe.  

Boston Celtics

The Celtics are coming off an unexpected run to the 8 seed last season.  The young squad, led by former Butler head coach Brad Stevens, has high expectations for this season.  Boston is off to a 4-4 start, but adding Cousins to their roster would be a massive upgrade at the center position, as the Celtics currently have Jared Sullinger and Tyler Zeller.  Boogie would give the Celtics another legitimate offensive weapon to complement Isaiah Thomas.   Boston can package the Brooklyn pick they own for this year along with David Lee to get the Boogie man.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Sacramento Kings

Jan 10, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) picks up point guard Isaiah Thomas (22) in celebration after Thomas scored a basket and was fouled by the Dallas Mavericks during the second quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Isaiah and Boogie could be reunited in Boston.

Los Angeles Lakers

Before this year’s NBA draft, there were active talks between the sides for a possible deal that would send the #2 pick, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle for Boogie.  That never happened but the Lakers could still send Clarkson and Randle and a few future draft picks to obtain Boogie.  Things could get a little dicey though, as the Lakers do not own their picks unless they land in the top 3 the next two seasons, thanks in part to acquiring Nash and D12 previously.  However, the early signs to this season could certainly land the Lakers in the top 3 again for next year’s draft.  Boogie most likely would strangle Byron Scott his first day there, but at the least LA would have a solid duo in Cousins and Russell to build around for the future instead of Roy Hibbert’s rotting corpse and Kobe’s disintegrating knees.

Boogie looks slim and trim in the purple and gold.

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Miami Heat

Coming into this season, Miami fans (what’s left of them, anyway) must have been stoked.  Adding Gerald Green, Justise Winslow, Josh McRoberts, and Chris Bosh to the squad for this season, most expect the Heat to be a top team in the East.  They’re incredibly deep, and that is why this trade is viable.  Hassan Whiteside, who seemingly emerged from nowhere, is going to be a free agent after this season.  The Heat will be unable to retain him, as he surely will be looking for a massive contract after his contributions.  While Boogie himself has a large salary, pairing Whiteside with a guy like Luol Deng and another player to be named would free up the necessary cap space.

Boogie could be spending significantly more time at the beach with his bros if Pat Riley can work his magic.

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Orlando Magic

Trade: Boogie Cousins for Nikola Vucevic, Mario Hezonja, and Draft Pick (s)

GM Vlade Divac certainly would welcome two more Eastern Europeans to Sactown with open arms and all of his chest hair.  Vucevic is one of the best centers in the East and Hezonja is a YouTube star sensation that could bring some much needed excitement to the squad.  An added bonus to these two young studs is that they are also on cheap contracts, which I am not even sure the Kings care about.  What do they even care about? Certainly not winning.  Anyways, according to John Hollinger’s analysis, both teams would benefit from this, with only a +1 win swing for the Magic.

Boogie looks confused as hell as to why the Magic would try to acquire him, but it could definitely happen!

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Sacramento Kings

Apr 17, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) reacts to a call during the second quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

 

CAVS PLAYOFF PREVIEW

Kurt Russell (KR)

 2 Cleveland Cavaliers vs.  7   Boston Celtics

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By: Kurt Russell

In January, the Boston Celtics were 13 games below .500, shipped off Rajon Rondo to the Mavericks and Jeff Green to the Grizzlies, and appeared to be in full-on tank mode.  They were “Droppin Down for Towns” and “Chokafor for Okafor”-ing.  Well, Brad Stevens and the collective Celtics’ locker room believed otherwise.

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The Celts are one of the hottest teams in basketball right now.  And I can guarantee that although the rest of the country/world is counting them out of this series from the get-go, the Celtics fully believe that they will be able to compete against the Cavaliers over the course of a playoff series.  The Celtics were 17-30 at their lowest point, and finished the season 23-12.

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Fortunately, belief isn’t enough to win a series against a team that is simply superior.  The Cavs were 19-20 at one point, and rallied to the 2 seed and a 53-29 record.  This isn’t going to be a pushover, but the inexperienced Cavaliers will begin to become accustomed to physical playoff basketball.

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Prediction:  The Cavs are just too talented for the Celtics, even if the Celtics have the better coach and an “us-against-the-world” mentality.  Who can even hope to contain LeBron on their team?  Cavaliers in 6.

Saying Goodbye to a Legend: Dean Smith

Kurt Russell (KR)

Dean Smith, beloved coach of the North Carolina Men’s Basketball team from 1961-1997, passed away at the age of 83.  Smith totaled 879 wins in his 36 years, amassing an incredible 77.6 winning percentage.  Perhaps a more impressive and telling statistic is that Smith’s players had a 96.6% graduation rate.

Smith won national championships at UNC in 1982 and 1993, and went to the title game five times in total.  His Tar Heels won 13 ACC tournament championships. Smith’s squad won at least 20 games in his final 27 seasons as coach.

For those of you wondering, Smith coached the likes of Sam Perkins, Brad Daugherty (former Cavalier), Jerry Stackhouse, Rasheed “Ball Don’t Lie” Wallace, Vince “Vincesanity” Carter, and Antawn Jamison (also a former Cavalier).  Perhaps the most notable player Smith coached is featured below:

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Yes; Dean Smith coached Michael Jordan at UNC.  Although Dean coached over 50 players to the NBA or the ABA, the impact he has left behind is profoundly far beyond basketball.