NBA Trade Rumors: Celtics Set to Miss Chance to Sign DeMarcus Cousins with Upcoming Extension with Kings
The Boston Celtics are set to miss the opportunity to trade for All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins as reports went out that he intends to receive a maximum contract extension worth $207 million this summer.
Boston has been linked to Cousins for quite some time now as the Celtics reportedly look for a legitimate superstar that will take their team to championship contention once again.
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A lot of trade speculations had emerged about this goal by the club and despite the signing of Al Horford to a four-year, $113 million contract in July the rumors still persist that team president Danny Ainge is not yet done with the search.
According to CBS Local Boston, the 26-year-old Cousins is set to sign "five-year extension with the Sacramento Kings this summer that would be worth well over $200 million", which said to have crushed the hopes of Ainge and Celtics fans around the world as a potential Big Three combination of Boogie, Horford, and Isaiah Thomas in their primes could now remain as just a dream.
The contract will reportedly "be made possible" by the new CBA of the league which lets NBA teams qualify players to a "designated player" status. A designated player is a franchise player (All-Star or All-NBA) who has been with his original team for years and is now qualified to be given a bigger and longer contract than the norm.
This is a move by the NBA is rumored to be one strategy to dissuade the top superstars of the league to leave their original teams and form super teams of their own. It would also make draft picks more valuable than they already are right now.
NESN indicated that the five-year deal does not guarantee that Cousins will be "a King for life" since he can always ask to be traded whenever he wants to. Moreover, Cousins can only sign a new deal starting July 1 this year and there are still a lot of things that could happen between now and then.
However, the notion that Cousins is willing and ready to stay in Sacramento for that long is said to be a "good indication" that the two-time NBA All-Star does not really want to leave the team at this moment.