As for Fredette, I thought he had been terribly underwhelming and there was talk of him being cut in Summer League due to his inability to run the point. Has that changed?
Neither Brooks nor Fredette are as good as Kemba, not by a long shot but like I said before; Cousins is too good to get traded for Biz and a couple of mid first rounders.
I like our core. Breaking it up for a SOLID center is dumb. I wouldn't do Kemba, Biyombo, 2 1sts for Marc Gasol or Roy Hibbert, let alone freakin Cousins
Kemba is better than Hibbert and Cousins at this very moment IMO
I understand our need for a solid big man but I think I'll past on any deal that includes MKG or Kemba. I'll sacrifice Biz but not willingly. Leaving Hendo and Sessions and the 1st rounders. I rather not trade them either. I'm afraid Cousins is too much of a knucklehead to kill our core.
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i really dont see how we get Cousins without giving up MKG or Kemba. If Rich "The Based God" Cho could manufacture something without either of them I say you have to take it. but yea, I think SAC would be getting robbed without one of those guys in the deal.
Lets pray that he does something stupid to piss off everyone in SAC again.
I do think Couisns is supremely talented, but he's one of those guys that only does what he wants to do. Nobody will reach him or motivate him, not Dunlap, not Jordan - hell, Calipari basically left him alone after another one of his tantrums, and players love Cal (and his money). He's another in the line of Derrick Coleman, J.R. Rider, Rickey Davis - talented knuckleheads who think everyone is wrong about them, and they know what's best for themselves.
There is one big consideration in getting him. While most people agree that if you build a winner, then fans will come, you also have to have a likeable group that fans can rally behind. We have core guys now that our fans love. If we trade most of them away for players like Cousins, then it can leave a sour taste, despite winning more, and the fans wont rally around the team like you would think. Portland fans grew to hate the Jailblazers, even though they were in contention for half a decade and made the Western Conference Finals. I had a friend who is a diehard Pacers fan who hated the Stephen Jackson/Ron Artest/Jermaine O'neal/Jamal Tinsley group because they were so unlikeable, even though they were one of the best Eastern teams at the time.
That said, I would go for him IF you have strong leaders in place. Kemba is a great leader who put a team on his back to win a championship. MKG is a great leader by example, who motivates people by his sheer work ethic and attitude. Biz is someone else who has leadership qualities in the sense that he is a hard worker, and would take shit from nobody, especially Cousins. Biz is the one I would be willing to part with, but if the Kings require Kemba or MKG, I'd look for a different option. You don't want someone like Cousins being the top 1 or 2 guys on the team, otherwise we basically become the Kings east.
Last edited by QC Thundercats; 01-02-2013 at 12:08 PM.
I really hope Cho can work this out without sacrificing MKG, Kemba and Bismack. Cousins is a better version of Tyrus Thomas that actually produces with All-Star calibre play as his ceiling. We traded for T2 with hopes of Cousins level of play and missed on it. The conundrum that we have with with acquiring Cousins is that we need all 3 of MKG, Kemba and especially Bismack to keep Cousins in check. I would part with Bismack but be very reluctant as Biyombo is the exact player that Cousins needs beside him on the court and in the locker room. I believe some GM's would have to part with more, but our GM is such a solid negotiator that we could part with either Taylor or Henderson, Mully, Diop and the owed first round picks to us (not or first this year). Cousins is obviously better right now than Biyombo, so it's not the talent comparison as to why I don't want to deal him, rather the sum of our parts without Biyombo would not be as good moving forward.