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DeMarcus Cousins To the Washington Wizards?

4:07 PM, Jan 2, 2012   |    comments
Adding DeMarcus Cousins could move Washington in the right direction. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE.
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WASHINGTON (WUSA) --Washington's New Years Day loss isn't the biggest storyline to evaluate as 2012 kicks off. General Manager Ernie Grunfeld is going to have possibly an earth-shattering personnel decision to make very shortly. More on that later. 

The Wizards are now 0-4 on the season thanks to a 94-86 loss to the Boston Celtics at home Sunday evening. Washington remains dead last in the NBA in scoring, averaging just 83.5 points a game. It was a reassuring effort from Wiz though, meaning that the team actually looked like a team.

Here's what I liked from the effort

*Shot Selection. There weren't many times where I was pulling the hairs out of my head regarding which shots were taken. Ball movement was excellent in the second half and so was the shot distribution. John Wall took 13 shots, 15 from Nick Young and 15 from JaVale McGee -- a good strategy to feed the big man against the smaller Celtics.

*John Wall had without a doubt his best effort of the season and the stat line shows it: 19 points, 8 assists, 7 boards. Wall found his hot spot on the floor (the left elbow) and made four buckets in the paint. You could just tell the 20-year-old felt more comfortable and showed it by just turning the ball over once. Even though Rajon Rondo unmistakably outplayed him, Wall did not hurt the team in this game like he did against the Nets and Bucks.

*JaVale McGee had one of those games defensively that makes you giddy inside. Five blocks and 14 total rebounds (eight offensively) are stats you don't find on many NBA teams. McGee's 13 and 10 average so far this year are just as good as Roy Hibbert, Marcus Camby, Emeka Okafor and slightly behind Marc Gasol. That's good company to be mentioned with.

Now on to what I led the story with.....

Should the Wizards trade for DeMarcus Cousins?

The 21-year-old emotional disaster and college teammate of John Wall has apparently had a falling out with the Sacramento Kings. And not many people around the NBA are surprised by this news. Coming into the league the only real weakness surrounding the forward's draft stock was the open portrayal of his terrible personality. 

Although the Kings ownership has released a statement saying Cousins will not be traded, he almost has to. Unless management wants a divided locker room and/or Kings head coach Paul Westphal to become a lame duck without any real power.

So should the Wizards become a player in these trade talks? Maybe. I wouldn't give up JaVale McGee (finally emerging offensively) or Chris Singleton (could be one of the best defensive wing players in three years). And you have to assume the Kings aren't dumb enough to take an inferior forward in Andray Blatche with just as bad of an attitude.

The argument for Cousins is that he's an athletic 6-foot-11 forward possessing the capability of taking over a game offensively. He's hard to deal with on the blocks and can knock down jumpers. Teaming up with Wall could be the catalyst that helps Cousins pan out into a terrific pro player. Plus at 0-4 and with a very unsure future heading into the 2012 off-season, pulling the trigger on this trade could spark the Wizards and also attract certain free agents.

The argument against Cousins is that why would you trade for a 21-year-old whose already demanding trades? If he can't work out with Sacramento, what makes the Wizards organization think he will mesh in a locker room that's been waiting for a match to detonate it? And let's not rule out that this is Washington D.C. And this is sports were talking about. Adding a player based on potential has been disastrous for this town before.

I think the Wizards should and will heavily pursue trade talks with the Kings at the right price. Wall plus Cousins,plus McGee, plus a top flight wing player catapults Washington in the playoff picture for the rest of the decade. The jobs of Ernie Grunfeld and Flip Saunders could be riding on this type of trade.

Potential trade

Jan Vesely, Jordan Crawford and 2013 1st round pick for DeMarcus Cousins, Francisco Garcia.

I hate trading Vesely like this but in my opinion, this would be a steal. Cousins has all-star written all over him if he's coddled in the right way. Vesely will probably finish his career being more known as a dunk contest participant or a regular on ESPN highlights rather than a solid contributor.

There will be many other suitors for Cousins -- Boston, Houston, Phoenix, Atlanta. The Wizards should act quickly in case the Kings stupidly hurry this deal to end the bad PR situation they are now in.

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