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Pistons reportedly won’t pursue DeMarcus Cousins

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

#Pistons have been interested in DeMarcus Cousins in the past but they won’t make a play for him now, for obvious reasons

I’m not sure what “obvious reasons” are, but I wouldn’t mind the Pistons pursuing Cousins, whom the Sacramento Kings recently suspended for cursing out coach Keith Smart.

If obvious reasons are that Cousins just cursed out his coach, I wouldn’t let that be a dealbreaker. Cousins’ value is lower than usual right now, and this could be the exact right time to take advantage of that. Trading for him when he’s been a model citizen, not only would be costly, it probably wouldn’t even be possible, because the Kings wouldn’t give him up. His verbal altercation is certainly a red flag, but the Pistons should do their due diligence to assess how likely Cousins is to hurt his team with outbursts like that in the future. This incident didn’t really shock anyone, and if the Pistons were interested in Cousins before, I don’t understand why this would completely shut the door.

If obvious reasons are that the Pistons already have Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, I wouldn’t let that be a dealbreaker, either. I probably wouldn’t give up either of those two to get Cousins, but all three couldsplit minutes at at power forward and center. Though 32 minutes per game might be a bit low for each of them if they hit their peaks, reducing playing time for the big men might make them even more effective.

If there are other “obvious reasons” I’m forgetting, let me know. There are certainly plenty of drawbacks – including Cousins’ attitude and the Pistons already having Monroe and Drummond – but Cousins might be a better trade target than when the Pistons pursued him before. Maybe the Kings’ asking price is still too high, but this exactly when I’d consider trading for him.

67 Comments

  • Dec 24, 20123:38 pm
    by Brigs

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    At this point what would it take to get him patrick?

  • Dec 24, 20123:51 pm
    by tarsier

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    The sticking point is what the asking price would be. I am guessing it would include Monroe, Drummond, or this year’s pick (can they trade that as an if-the-Bobcats-don’t-get-it thing? I’m not sure about the rules involving protected picks).

    If they were willing to deal Cousins for say Knight, I’d jump all over that deal and then try to sign Calderon or Sessions or someone during the offseason.

    I’m assuming Stuckey, JJ, and Singler wouldn’t be enough even all combined.

    But yeah, 3 potentially elite big men would be a very good thing to have, whether accomplished through trade with Sacramento or Utah or FA.

  • Dec 24, 20123:54 pm
    by tarsier

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    Also, I’m guessing that Sacramento is really, really trying to move him as his indefinite suspension lasted one game.

  • Dec 24, 20124:24 pm
    by revken

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    Yeah, the thing is they would probably want Monroe or Drummond, and that’s not worth considering.  Anyone else would be – just on the possibility of having a 3-man rotation of bigs that would be interchangeable at C/PF.  It would be similar to the rotation we had with Ben, Rasheed and Antonio McDyess.  And 32 minutes a game is plenty.  Even then it’s a gamble, but it’s worth it if we aren’t making a major sacrifice.

    • Dec 24, 20124:36 pm
      by bugsygod

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      HUGE difference with ben, sheed and dice.  They were all over 10yr vets only looking for one thing…that Ship!  NONE of these YOUNG guys would be happy coming off the bench, they all are looking to make names for themselves, all star teams, awards, etc.  Cant do that as the 3rd big. 

      • Dec 25, 201212:51 am
        by tarsier

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        You’re kidding yourself if you think all they cared about was the championship. Besides the fact that they never got it (when all three were on the team), Big Ben had interviews in which he talked about how much he wanted to win DPOY.

  • Dec 24, 20124:33 pm
    by bugsygod

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    “Obvious reasons”, that he has been suspended THREE TIMES THIS year.(4 other times in the prior 2 seasons) 
    “Obvious reasons”, umm we have Drummond/Monroe two model citizens.
    “Obvious reasons”, umm because how would you split the mintues for those 3? Who starts? Cousins would be ok coming off the bench? Drummond would be best Defensive player so he doesnt start?  Monroe to the bench?  THESE ARE ALL SERIOUS QUESTIONS TO ASK
    “Obvious reasons”, the kid is a malcontent going all the way back to high school, at some point the Problems out weigh the talent. 
    “Obvious reasons”, he got his coach fired last year what 10 games into the season? Now “his” coach has suspended him?   
    Not trying to be a jerk to you Dan, but OMG let this one go, please before someone in Pistons managment listens.  This guy will be a jerk his ENTIRE career, not Sheed jerky, but out of the league jerk.  And im sure you have been watching him this year, The NO run back on defense, The Horrible shot selection and total ME attitude.  If he goes to the Celtics(which has been rumored) even Doc will be suspending this guy and KG giving him a lockerroom beat down. 
    PLEASE PLEASE NOOOOOOOOOO!!!

    • Dec 25, 201211:17 am
      by LePistons

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      Preach, my friend. 

  • Dec 24, 20124:39 pm
    by Westen

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    This is a team thats still working to get past mutinygate, and this is a community disgruntled with the Lions partly because of the record, but also because of guys like Titus Young.
     
    And yeah I just don’t like the idea of trying to fit those 3 into a rotation. Look at all the problems Utah is having juggling all their big men.

    • Dec 25, 201212:54 am
      by tarsier

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      How is this team still trying to get past “mutinygate”, as you call it? How has that had any impact on anything since Kuester’s been gone? And how the heck is Titus Young relevant to the Pistons. Every city has problematic people. A lot worse than Young or Cousins. Most of them aren’t pro athletes, but random Detroiters are as relevant to the Pistons as Titus Young.

      • Dec 25, 201212:49 pm
        by stupidtar

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        westtern’s right.. the lions and titus are obviously relevant to detroit fans, plus throw in the suh controversies. we have some promising young players, and adding a spoiled brat like cousins would be a bad idea.

        • Dec 25, 20124:24 pm
          by tarsier

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          They may be relevant to Detroit fans. But they should not be to Pistons’ management or personnel. Their job is to make the Pistons good. Not worry about some sort of bad city-wide chemistry.

  • Dec 24, 20124:44 pm
    by Tom Y.

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    Can’t have a rotation with three bigs that are all above average starter material. Who comes off the bench? You want to demote Monroe, who’s been better than Cousins and pretty much this team’s leader and best player? You want to leave Drummond there for who knows how long, when he’s already earning a starter role? Or do you think Cousins, with all his behavior issues, would be a good team player coming off the bench behind them?

    • Dec 25, 201212:57 am
      by tarsier

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      Nobody wants to leave Drummond on the bench. But if Frank insists upon keeping him there, better for him to coming off it behind Cousins than Maxiell. And it’s be fine for Cousins to be the bench guy too. Whoever is the number three big knows he’ll be annually competing for 6th man. And they’d all be part of the best big man rotation in the league.

  • Dec 24, 20124:48 pm
    by Tom Y.

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    The only thinkable trades would be a trade of either big for him while getting a 1st rounder, or trading for him to retrade him. I wouldn’t do either though. But – maybe there’s an opportunity to facilitate a 3-way trade somewhere in there.

  • Dec 24, 20126:50 pm
    by joe dumars

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    The Pistons don’t need another young big man, they need a vet.

    • Dec 25, 201212:58 am
      by tarsier

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      why?

      • Dec 25, 20122:13 am
        by Jon

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        its a joke cause its joe dumars, get it. or at least i think that’s what it is

  • Dec 24, 20127:09 pm
    by John

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    I think it is worth exploring regardless of the consequences to the rotation.  You don’t give up on a chance for Cousins talent just because you don’t know how the minutes will work out.  This is only true if the price is right.   Obviously they won’t give his away, but if it was a matter of JJ, Daye and Knight for Cousins and Salmons, I would think long and hard about it.  

  • Dec 24, 20128:19 pm
    by piston moribund

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    Since we already have a center which I am pretty sure everyone in the league covets is a pretty good reason not to trade for a problem child.  Aside from the other really obvious reason which is the fact that this is no longer a need for us.  Aside from the other really obvious reason that they will be asking for a big man in return…….etc.  I think the reasons are obvious what ever they may be,

    • Dec 25, 20121:01 am
      by tarsier

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      You gave there three “obvious reasons”. Even without considering any others, that makes 7 possible combinations. So which combination is being referenced is not obvious. And two of thsoe reasons are not good enough to pass up on the possibility of getting an elite player cheap. Too high an asking price would be a sensible “obvious reason”.

      • Dec 25, 20122:22 am
        by piston moribund

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        Huh? 
        Merry Christmas!

        • Dec 25, 201212:26 pm
          by tarsier

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          I’m just saying, all of those points are valid concerns. But ultimately, Cousins is a tremendously gifted player who could be a major part of returning the Pistons to contention. So, if the price is right, I hope Dumars would roll the dice, baggage and all.

  • Dec 24, 20128:36 pm
    by Crispus

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    This is off topic but I really wish we could get JJ Redick. He’d address a lot of our shooting woes at guard and he is passing the ball really well this year. He would be a good guy to have around English as a mentor. Can we trade Prince (or Maxiell) and Maggette for Redick and swap 2nd round picks or something?
    We could move Singler to SF and not have to lean on Charlie V and Daye as our only 3 pt shooters.

  • Dec 24, 20129:03 pm
    by Corey

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    Another reason to stay away from cousins: contract! He’ll want a contract extension soon. You want to pay him big money? If you do, you’re screwed as he’ll be even more of an ass with $50mil guaranteed? You don’t want to pay him? Then he’ll be a nightmare. 

    And due to the salary cap, you can’t pay 3 different big men the money that Monroe Drummond and Cousins will all want.

    • Dec 25, 20121:04 am
      by tarsier

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      So let’s see, you’re predicting that if you give him as much as he believes he deserves, he’ll become more of a headache. And if you give him less than he thinks he deserves, he’ll become more of a headache. You could be right, but these seem to be baseless assumptions.

  • Dec 24, 20129:26 pm
    by Vic

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    Cousins is way more than just a little immature… But i bet winning would calm him down real easily. He had some heated communication with Calipari, but their relationship was good because they won. He even played more disciplined and stayed within his role on the team too.

    In order to succeed with Cousins you have to have a coach with a stronger personality than him that also can win a la Laimbeer.

    That being said I still wouldn’t give up Minroe or Drummond for him. Having 3 all star bigs would be greatthough. 4 is when it gets tough- Utah has 4 good bigs, and Chicago had 4 good bigs last year.

    The more realistic trade Joe D needs to hustle for is Eric Bledsoe for Tay/cv/Max and cash. The Clippers can’t keep him because they have 3 stars to pay, they don’t need him because they have the best pg in the game and 2 great scoring shooting guards coming off the bench. If they want to win it all while they can they are going to need help at the forward spots – maybe Max & CV for a defense/offense combo. 

  • Dec 24, 201210:07 pm
    by Jon

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    the only reason detroit should look at any trade involving cousins right now is to buy low, play him in a three man rotation this season, hope he gets better playing with better big men and has a clean attitude, then trade him at the end of the season when his value is higher

  • Dec 24, 201211:06 pm
    by Ryank

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    It’s worth making the call to see if a palatable deal can be struck.  Chances are they will want a lot for him…more than he’d be worth if want Monroe, Knight, or Drummond.  If they’d take any combination of Stuckey, Maggette, Max, CV, Jonas, Daye, Middleton, English, Middleton, and Bynum then it’s a deal…take ‘em all!  I hate to see Stuckey go, but he’d be worth it to get a 20/10 guy…if he gets out of hand and you didn’t give away the farm, just part ways and move on.  The key is not to give away the farm.
     

  • Dec 24, 201211:21 pm
    by piston moribund

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    Would surprise me if Joe D would split and double down on a pair of two’s.  Bah Humbug!!!!

  • Dec 25, 20124:13 am
    by Samuel Small

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    Ok, let me get this straight. You guys wanna trade for a problem like Cousins, and bring him either off the bench or start him thus maybe taking minutes from Monroe or Drummond? You wanna bring a guy in here who curses and argues with his coach and Plays when he feels like playing? You wanna bring him HERE to a team that needs some veteran point guard help to get the ball where it needs to be and when he becomes a locker room problem half you guys will be crying and moaning and blaming Dumars for a dumb bad trade (Allen Iverson anyone)? Just checking to make sure my egg nog isn’t spiked. We don’t need Cousins, we need two things; A veteran point and a go get your behind down attitude when we play these teams. How about getting me a point guard because the one I have now averages what 4 assist per game and is really a two guard. He doesn’t penetrate and get the ball to his players and get assist numbers (by the Way Did you see Will Bynum get the ball to Slav for that dunk?) in addition, we won’t need him if Frank can convince Charlie, Daye, Singler and Knight to be easy on the threes. Not for nothing, I may be in the minority, but Maxiell is having a good year defensively. Drummond gives offensives fits on defense. Think you guys should re-evaluate this move.

  • Dec 25, 20125:59 am
    by Day and Knight

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    Monroe sucks on Defense and is a bit overrated…if anyone should come off the bench if we got Cousins it would have to be Monroe. Him and Stuckey could easily be instant offense off the bench. With that being sai, I’d trade Monroe straight up for Cousins based on talent alone

    • Dec 25, 20125:59 am
      by Day and Knight

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      *said

    • Dec 25, 201211:15 am
      by Crispus

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      I don’t see how you could bench Monroe for Cousins without completely alienating the team. Bringing in this problem child from out of town and starting him, even though he’s wildly inconsistent and completely immature, is a complete slap in the face to Monroe.
      Monroe has the attitude of a 10 year veteran. Yes he’s slow and his defense is bad, but Cousins isn’t a defensive dynamo either. Whatever small edge Cousins has in talent is not worth all the baggage. Bring Drummond along and find a bargain big and our frontcourt will be great.

    • Dec 25, 20122:01 pm
      by Danny D

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      Monroe sucks on Defense and is a bit overrated…if anyone should come off the bench if we got Cousins it would have to be Monroe
      Umm, Huh? I think you meant exactly opposite of what you said. Cousins is VERY overrated right now.

      http://www.basketball-reference.com/play-index/pcm_finder.cgi?request=1&sum=1&p1=monrogr01&y1=2013&p2=couside01&y2=2013
      career stats for both monroe and cousins are at 105 D rating. so if you think monroe sucks on defense, SO DOES COUSINS. With Monroe coming in at an O rating of 111 to Cousins meh, 98. WS scores of 142 to .60 Ya one of them is overrated its Cousins.
      If you want to look at only this year which would be a ridiculously small sample size, Monroe is still still the better player.

    • Dec 25, 20124:26 pm
      by tarsier

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      I love the idea of getting Cousins for a good price. But that good price is not Monroe. Monroe is way more valuable. And I would also definitely start Monroe over Cousins unless there were some very good play-style related reasons to put Monroe or Cousins with a different group.

  • Dec 25, 20126:50 am
    by Derek

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    Is Cousins a big enough difference maker that he would be able to dominate on a nightly basis?  No, he doesn’t dominate with any measure of consistency now.  Cousins admitted that his season has been crappy for the most part.  He hasn’t led his team to marked improvements in the win/loss column.  In fact, the Kings drafted him because they were essentially a team with a ton of promise with their young talent, who struggled with bigs.  The addition of Cousins hasn’t improved them.

    Is a move for Cousins the missing ingredient to making us a contender?  No, in fact it would mean an overhaul so we could build a team to accommodate Cousins.  Cousins would be a replacement for one of our existing bigs (Monroe or Drummond).  I personally like the complimentary pieces we have in Greg and Dre.  I think in near future they’ll be an anchor for this team.

    Is Cousins the type of dude who woud fall in line if the team is winning?  No, not according to how he was in Kentucky.  The Wildcats dominated in college and Cousins was still clashing with his coach.

    Monroe struggles on D.  Agree.  Cousins isn’t a better defender, he’s just physically stronger than Moose.  Cousins is a hack.

    Is Cousins a team player?  Nah, this is the same dude who zapped out on a teammate, running after him when he failed to pass him the ball at the end of the game  

  • Dec 25, 20126:53 am
    by Derek

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    JJ Redick would be a good addition.

    Rudy Gay or another upgrade at the three would be great.

    Jose Calderon or Eric Maynor at the back-up pg.

  • Dec 25, 20129:43 am
    by Mark

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    I’ve wanted Cousins for as long time. And had we ended up with John Henson or Meyers Leonard in the draft, I would be all for a trade to pair Monroe with Cousins. But since we got Drummond, who imo is a bigger/better version of Cousins, and the complete opposite character-wise, I don’t have much interest anymore.

    He reminds me too much of Suh, and imo all the negative drama surrounding Suh is a huge distraction for the Lions and was part of the reason they are 4-11 this year. 

    The Pistons have a good thing going right now, having top young talent who are all high character kids. Thats kind of rare. So I say leave well enough alone and let Cousins be someone else’s problem for now.

    Maybe in a few years, if Monroe/Drummond prove to not be a good fit, and prove that we need a better defender at PF, then maybe consider trading Monroe for Cousins. Whichever team he may be on at that point, I think that will always be a viable trade option for us, as I think most GMs value Monroe higher than Cousins. 

  • Dec 25, 20129:48 am
    by sop

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    Send Prince and Daye and a future 1st rounder for Cousins and Fransisco Garcia.

  • Dec 25, 201211:22 am
    by LePistons

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    We have two promising big men, who are both Stand up guys. Just look at how Drummond honors the victims of Sandy Hook, a place he calls his hometown. And Monroe carries himself very well. This is Detroit, man. Come on. Cousins does NOT fit this franchise’s persona. Hard work, listen to your boss, go to work, don’t cry. And the “obvious reasons” that you found, those are pretty huge reasons! Terrible in the lock room, and you have two guys that could be Pistons for a long time. And right now, they can only get better, and they WILL only get better. 

    It ain’t broke, so don’t fix it. It’s just new. Not broke. Cousin’s attitude, that’s broke. And he’s going to chance because he would go to Auburn Hills? Please Joe D don’t read this blog post.  

    • Dec 25, 201211:52 am
      by tarsier

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      They can only get better. That’s true. But how much better can the Pistons, as currently constructed, get? Probably not enough to become a legit contender. How I see things, that means they qualify as “broke”.Cousins’ incredible talent may not fix it, especially with his red flags, but he might. So that is worth at least considering.

      • Dec 25, 20121:14 pm
        by smarttar

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        cousins is a poor man’s zach randolph at best

        • Dec 25, 20123:12 pm
          by Derek

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          yeah very poor

        • Dec 25, 20124:28 pm
          by tarsier

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          Z-Bo is a perfect comparison for Cousins. Very talented, but did not use that to optimize his team’s chances of winning. Zach turned it around. Cousins might too. Odds are he doesn’t, but the chance is worth taking when you don’t have a fantastic team anyway that you are trying not to mess up.

  • Dec 25, 201212:02 pm
    by Corey

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    They don’t need Cousins. They need a star quality perimeter player to team with Monroe and Drummond. Three great bigs and no one to bring the ball over the timeline? Not the way to build a team.
     

    • Dec 25, 20125:47 pm
      by tarsier

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      It’d be great to have a star perimeter player. but do you know of one that is available? Especially at a bargain like Cousins might be?

      • Dec 25, 20127:10 pm
        by Crispus

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        Stephon Marbury might be available.
         

  • Dec 25, 201212:28 pm
    by Mack

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    Cousins & Monroe with Drummond off the bench, I love it. Power & Depth in the post. If the Pistons could give up either Maxiell/CV/Prince, why not? 

    They would own the paint on both ends. He is only due $5,0000, just as much as J.Max.

    Make it happen Joe Duuuuuumars. 

    • Dec 25, 201210:33 pm
      by jamesjones_det

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      If you can get him for those three, sure why not.  My guess is they want Maggette’s contract and to me Cousins isn’t worth that.
       
      I would rather see what Maggette can get at the trade deadline rather than wasting it on Cousins now.  If he’s still there come trade deadline, then maybe.

      • Dec 26, 201210:08 am
        by tarsier

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        Seriously?!?!! How much value do you think an expiring deal has? The truth is none. It just has less negative value than a bad deal that lasts longer. So people will throw in an asset to make that swap.

        If the Pistons could get Cousins for minor assets (Some combo of Prince, Max, JJ, Singler, English) and Maggette, that would be almost as big a steal as the Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant, and Dwight Howard trades.

        Incidentally, has anyone else noticed that the only player of the Lakers’ current core that they drafted or payed anywhere close to fair value for was Nash (and by anywhere close to fair value, I mean a HOF for two late first rounders).

  • Dec 25, 201212:50 pm
    by Jack

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    When will be the next trade deadline?

    • Dec 25, 201210:30 pm
      by jamesjones_det

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      Thursday, February 21

  • Dec 25, 201212:53 pm
    by James

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    If prince will be out in atlanta game;
    who do you think fits his place,
    and who will be the back up? 

  • Dec 25, 20122:09 pm
    by baines

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    I just don’t think I would take a chance on Cousins at this point in time.  It seems to me that Monroe and Drummond are quality citizens and I would rather not subject them to the type of person that Cousins seems to be.  Thanks, Dan, great articles as always!!

  • Dec 25, 20123:09 pm
    by Aruna

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    Doesn’t this feel like a situation where Houston comes in and dumps a few expiring contracts for a low risk flyer on some serious talent?

  • Dec 25, 20126:43 pm
    by alex

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    would be a gamble to bring cousins in if his attitude really is as bad as people put it but it would be nice if we can add the talents of cousins and Evans onto this already( in my opinion) talented and upcoming pistons roster.  i can see the points you guys make of possibly ruining lockerroom morale but hey if all these guys want the ring i have faith in any 15 man roster in the NBA to get hungry enough to go chase it. GO PISTONS, Always got faith in you guys , imma stay as patient as they come , DEEEETROIT BASKETBALLLLL
     

  • Dec 25, 201210:25 pm
    by Corey

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    My goal would be Eric Bledsoe of the clippers. If Chris Paul resigns, he’ll be available one way or another. 

    • Dec 26, 201210:10 am
      by tarsier

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      I like Bledsoe, but am somewhat wary of him. He is reminiscent of Darren Collison. Avoid paying inflated prices for CP3′s backups who play great per-minute ball in a limited role. That may not be sustainable in a major role.

  • Dec 25, 201210:28 pm
    by jamesjones_det

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    I’m not sure what logic your using in the article, but with people already complaining about Drummond not getting enough minutes I’m not sure how Cousins is going to help that.
     
    Also, I don’t think Cousins helps this team, not unless you can flip him for someone that can actually shoot the basketball.  I don’t see that happening without Cousins making a leap of faith with Frank (HA!).
     
    If we traded for Cousins we probably have to give them Maggette’s contract which limits our flexibility at the trade deadline and in all reality in two months Cousins is probably cussing out Frank.  So to put it simply, I don’t see how this deal works for us.

    • Dec 26, 201210:17 am
      by tarsier

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      There are valid points here. But the one about Maggette’s contract is a joke.

      A) The Pistons still have expiring deals in Maxiell, Bynum, and Daye.

      B) If the Pistons wanted to trade Cousins for just a trade exception plus a pick in the offseason, there would be takers.

      C) We’re talking about Joe Dumars. He’s not going to use expiring deals or anything like that to acquire value at the trade deadline. He’ll sit on those assets to “see what we have” and “remain competitive” while failing to see what the Pistons have in their young, relatively unknown assets and competing for nothing but 10th place in the east.

  • Dec 25, 201211:52 pm
    by Mike

    Reply

    I’d give up Drummond and 2nd for Cousins and a 1st rounder.  Sacs. 1st rounder this year is a high lottery.  Figuring out how to keep the guy in line and not disrupting the entire team is a major issue.  Second thought, nah, keep the DrummerDude.  At least Cousins will fly… right Sir Royce W?

  • Dec 26, 20121:00 am
    by Scott Free

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    If we got Cousins, Frank would probably send Monroe to the bench and continue to start Maxiel!

  • Dec 26, 20127:22 am
    by Derek

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    Besides the bad attitude, the possible battle with the bulge, and the underwhelming production I’m not all that excited about Cousins’ ceiling.  He’s a ox of a player.  A real powerhouse with excellent footwork which he seems to have either a talent for or developed at very young age.  His shot selection is questionable, which I’m certain will improve over time. 

    If we were to make a play at Cousins, I’m left with wondering how much better is he going to get?  I personally believe he’s right at his ceiling now.  I understand the Zach Randolph comparisons; however, Zach has a better touch and more range (out to 3).  Zach didn’t play early in his career because he was behind Sheed and Jermaine O’Neal.

    When I compare Cousins ceiling with Drummond’s I think we are barely scratching the surface with what we’ll get out of Drummond.  So I would hate for DMC to come in and mess that up.

    I think Cousins AKA DMC would be better served in his develop if he was able to be apprenticed into a dominate player.  Boston would be a optimum place for his development.  I heard they were making a play for him.  Miami would also serve him well. 

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