Report: Magic Turn Down Deal for Cousins
Right now the Orlando Magic have a flawed roster and it should come as no surprise that they are looking to make some more moves before the quickly approaching NBA trade deadline. Already, Orlando has sent Serge Ibaka to Toronto for a draft pick, but it appears that the team had a chance at making an even bigger trade that they turned down. According to Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher, the Magic turned down an offer from the Sacramento Kings to pick up DeMarcus Cousins in exchange for Nikola Vucevic, Evan Fournier and some draft picks. While this may sound like a king’s ransom, Cousins is clearly the best center in the league.
Had Orlando pulled off the blockbuster deal for Cousins, their lineup would likely look something like this: Elfrid Payton at the point, Mario Hezonja or Jeff Green at shooting guard, Terrance Ross at small forward, Aaron Gordon at power forward, and DeMarcus Cousins at center. This lineup appears loaded with firepower, and at first glance would likely be enough for the Magic to snap their 4-year playoff drought.
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It is unclear exactly why the Magic did not pull the trigger on this trade, but perhaps they thought the asking price was too steep for the 26-year-old. Cousins has also clashed with previous head coaches so perhaps it was his attitude that made the Magic balk at the trade. Either way Magic fans can only dream of what their team would have looked like with Cousins anchoring the lineup. It is also doubtful that the two teams would rekindle any trade talks at this point as Cousins has recently stated that he is looking forward to signing a long term deal with the Kings. Cousins will be eligible to sing a 5-year extension worth around $200 million this summer.
With the clock ticking down, Orlando will need to hurry if they are going to make another move or two this season. The NBA’s trade deadline is Thursday February 23rd at 3pm. The Magic have also been linked to Detroit’s Reggie Jackson, so only time will tell if they can shakeup their struggling roster.