The Orlando Magic have a lot of questions that need to be answered.
Maybe DeMarcus Cousins is that answer.
According to a report from Chris Mannix of The Vertical, the Magic may indeed have the pieces to work in a trade for Cousins.
“Should things change, Orlando could be a team to watch. The Magic are an oddly constructed bunch, flush with paint-centric bigs and young guards, low on anything resembling a traditional wing. While the rest of the league goes small, Orlando — with its Bismack Biyombo/Serge Ibaka/Aaron Gordon frontcourt — is stuffing the floor with oversized big men with limited range. Meanwhile, Mario Hezonja, the fifth overall pick in 2015, has played spotty minutes, leaving the Magic thin on dynamic floor spacers.”
There’s no question the Magic would be interested in Cousins and they may have plenty of parts to spare in a hypothetical deal.
If you’re Sacramento, you’d probably have to ask for Gordon, Hezonja and possibly Ibaka as well in a trade. Obviously, you’re not replacing everything Boogie brings but this would be a case where you hope to get back something if it becomes the belief that Cousins is leaving in free agency.
The Celtics have always been the most popular Boogie trade rumor destination because of their slew of assets. But Mannix makes an interesting point in bringing the Magic into the conversation as well.
Right now, the Kings are in a battle for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. Cousins is putting up better numbers than ever but it’s not coming without some of the same old Boogie drama we’re all used to.
Even with the improved success, the Kings eventually trading Cousins is how this saga may one day end.