DeMarcus Cousins on the Cleveland Cavaliers?! (Trade Rumor)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have offered the 2018 Brooklyn Nets 1st round draft pick and Iman Shumpert to the New Orleans Pelicans for DeMarcus Cousins. Now, at first glance, this trade looks great for both teams. If the Cavs can acquire a player as dominant in the low-post as DeMarcus Cousins, they drastically increase their chance at beating the Golden State Warriors. Also, the Pelicans get an average starter and the Brooklyn Nets pick which almost surely fall into the top 5 next year. This is good for them because they do not own their pick next year. But if you decipher the meaning of this trade, you understand why it makes very little sense.

It makes no sense for New Orleans to trade away DeMarcus after only half a season with the Pelicans. If all goes well for the Pelicans next year, and they keep both DeMarcus and Anthony Davis, they have a high chance at making the playoffs and possibly even the second round. Having the two best big men in the league is extremely valuable for a young team like the Pelicans. Also, the Pelicans have another option, and this is the route I think they will take. The front office will see how the Pelicans are doing at the Trade Deadline. If they are well on their way to the playoffs, the Pelicans will keep Boogie definitely. But, if they are around the 11 seed or lower, they can begin fielding offers for him. My reason is that if the Pelicans do bad next season, DeMarcus is a free agent in 2018, so he can leave if he is disappointed with the current situation.

If the Cavs trade away the Nets pick for DeMarcus Cousins, they will have three superstar free agents in 2018. Let’s suppose that Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James, and DeMarcus Cousins all leave. The Cavs will have possibly the largest drop in wins between two seasons ever! This is because they will not have any young stud who can be starring for them, except Kevin Love.

Overall, this trade only makes sense in the 2017-18 trade deadline.

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