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article imageNBA News and Rumors: DeMarcus Cousins to Raptors still possible?

By Larry Seely     Sep 26, 2016 in Sports
Toronto - DeMarcus Cousins is one of the best centers in the NBA, but playing for Sacramento is a concern. The number of players that have left the franchise in the last decade is staggering and with little chance of winning, Cousins could be the next to leave.
Several reports have surfaced this summer on teams looking to pry the big man from the Kings and with Rudy Gay already stating he won't play for the organization after this season, the cupboard is getting bare and the 26-year-old has to see the writing on the wall.
Rumors are now circulating on social media of a potential trade to Toronto, a team that has established themselves as one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference and a squad that is just one star player short of being a real contender for a championship.
The deal would have backup point guard Cory Joseph, starting center Jonas Valanciunas, and utility man Norman Powell headed to Sacramento and the All Star center heading north of the border.
While this trade seems a big one-sided, it does give the Kings some depth on the bench and a serviceable big man to help in the paint, but the real news is Cousins and what he can bring to Toronto.
Last season the former first round draft pick averaged nearly 27 points per game and over 11 rebounds, the type of numbers that would help the Raptors dominate in the paint and give their terrific back court duo of Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan some help on the offensive end of the court.
If last year's playoff loss shows anything, it's that a team can't be one dimensional. Adding a scoring threat and a player that can dominate on the boards and block a few shots would be huge. And while it would strip the team of depth, it would take the pressure off the youngsters the team is counting on this season, and make this franchise one of the best in the NBA.
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