Five realistic trade destinations for DeMarcus Cousins

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Trade rumours are nothing new for DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings, but following Shaquille O'Neal's recent comments it seems closer than ever to becoming a reality. 

Shaq is, of course, a minority owner of the Kings and recently admitted on TV that he had heard talk that a trade could happen if things don't improve for Sacramento. 

Cousins has been the standout player for the franchise during his six years in the NBA, but the organisation has only managed to win over 30 games in one season, and that was the previous campaign. So with a trade looking closer than ever, here are five realistic options for Boogie. 

5. Washington Wizards

The Wizards have chemistry problems of their own and could potentially choose to split up the failed John Wall-Bradley Beal experiment. Of course, Wall and Cousins played together in college.

Adding Cousins to that mix, at the expense of Marcin Gortat, would be an option, but the idea of receiving Beal as their main option could tempt the Kings. 

4. Chicago Bulls

The Chicago Bulls have three big-name guards but are really missing something in the front court. The 26-year-old would answer a lot of their problems. 

Coupling Jimmy Butler with Cousins would be seriously scary for the Eastern Conference. Players like Bobbie Portis, Doug McDermott, Nikola Mirotic, and Denzel Valentine could be used as makeweights. 

3. Phoenix Suns

Eric Bledsoe and the Kings star have history from their time together in Kentucky - along with Devin Booker and Tyson Chandler, the Suns have a strong case to lure the Boogie to the North West. 

Brandon Knight, Alex Len and T.J. Warren, plus a first round pick are all things that could sweeten a deal.

2. Portland Trail Blazers

In Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum, the Blazers have one of the best backcourts in the NBA and their future looks extremely bright. 

The trio of Lillard, McCollum and Cousins would really make them a serious player in the Western Conference. But what could Portland offer Boston? Mason Plumlee and a 2017 1st round pick maybe.  

1. Boston Celtics

The Boston Celtics are missing that one piece to take them to the top level, and Cousins is it. 

In Al Horford and Isaiah Thomas, the franchise has the stars to surround Boogie. With the likes of Avery Bradley and Jae Crowder they have a team of defensive-minded players who will work tooth and nail for success.

Boston can offer a wealth of draft picks in return and may even be tempted to part with rookie Jaylen Brown if Cousins becomes available. It seems like the most reasonable option. 

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