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It didn’t take Ainge long to call on DeMarcus Cousins

Chuck - Red's Army January 3, 2012 Uncategorized 9 Comments

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Via the Boston Herald:

The Celtics, like most teams, have called Sacramento to gauge what it would take to trade for DeMarcus Cousins. The young, disgruntled Kings center has been suspended from the team for his disagreements with coach Paul Westphal.

“It’s highly unlikely,” a league source said of the Celtics’ chances of landing Cousins. “I’m not sure that any team is going to get him. The thing is that everyone knows he’s a wreck. They’re not going to get what he’s worth.”

Cousins will probably stick with Sacramento for the rest of the season. Even if he was available now, the Celtics don't have desirable trade assets.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/mdsample greenbeand

    curious to know what the asking price is. he’s on the books for 19M/4yrs. too bad big baby davis isn’t around when we needed him most.. would jeff green and other stuff get it done?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/the_bantam the_bantam

    I think good players rarely get equitable trade value.. whether it is salary, or demanding trades, or any number of reasons, even on good terms it seems one team loses out. So they won’t get much anyway with this fiasco. I still think he stays put.
    Jeff Green is not an employee of the NBA right now, correct? We just retain his rights?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    Can’t trade Green’s rights given the circumstances, and SAC already has Hayes who has heart problems of his own. They can’t even slap a package together, which may include JJ or Wilcox for another two months because of league restrictions on new contract signings. But knowing his baggage, if DC was to be traded, wouldn’t it be to a team with veteran leadership like the C’s?
    Unless it’s outright crash and burn they don’t dare move DC, and I would think Petrie would fire Westy first before making a desperate move. He’s locked in to a pair of questionable contracts Salmons 30m/4 years + Thornton 32m 4 years, but SAC doesn’t need cap space, which excludes JO as a salary dump. Favors in Utah makes for a good swap of contracts and upside. Minn. has a qualifier due on Beasley next yr. and may trade him to make room for Kevin Love’s incoming max deal.
    btw … DC now says he never asked for a trade and will be in uniform tonight in Memphis. Only thing we can do is sit back and hope for a combustible situation.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/sothewind Lee in Oregon

    Green can’t be traded because his contract was voided when he failed the physical. The Celts have 2 1st rounders in the next draft and not much else as far as tradable assetts……unless you count Steimsma!

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gradyjason Jason Grady

    1) Talent sure, but no thank you.
    2) If you can’t trade a player for 2 months after signing him, somebody please explain sign and trades.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/eric73 mrchumpy

    Trading for this guy is just a terrible idea, no matter what our situation is.

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    Sure … under league rules no free agent contract (Wilcox) can be moved until three months have passed. Dooling however can be traded now because he was acquired for the Quis T/E.
     
    Unless the CBA has changed a period of 30 days must commence before trading a rookie contract. Teams on draft night swap picks not players. Coon had tweeted these rookie contracts are being extended to 60 days before a trade can go down.
     
    So in February they could package a combination of JJ/Wilcox/AB, #1 or cash. Don't see that offer even in the ballpark unless one of those players has a breakout season.
     

  • http://profile.typepad.com/gradyjason Jason Grady

    Let’s say Green passed the physical and was on the roster. He was a Celtic last year, but was a free agent. Assume the one year deal went through. IIRC I heard him in sign and trade rumors last month and thought I also heard more recently he couldn’t be traded right away (again *if* he happened to be signed). So which is it? I mean teams re-sign “their” guys all the time and do sign and trades, so it not just “free agent contract” right? It must be “newly acquired free agent” or something like that, no?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/mannoperry Perry Manno

    yeah extacty — Green could have been signed and traded as BB/Wafer was for Bass. I guess the league just doesn't want free agent or rookie signings to be used as trade bait until a reasonable period of time passes.
     
    I'm with you on a heathy Green for Cousins straight up. Could have made sense for both teams.