The shaky relationship between DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins and the Sacramento Kings has not improved. Can Portland take advantage?
Trade rumors are consistently flying around from every media source and the Kings do not seem to view him as untouchable. This is where General Manager Neil Olshey and the Blazers come into play. Every Portland fan will probably shut down any trade for Cousins immediately due to his unstable behavior, but opportunities to acquire an all-NBA caliber big man are few and far between. The Blazers have come out of the gate slow (12-11) while ranking dead last in defense (allowing 109.6 points per 100 possessions) and 25th in rebounding percentage.
This sort of production defensively and on the glass displays the Blazers inability to have a staple to rely on, and they are not managing possessions well enough to be a strong playoff team. They require a needle-moving asset in order to make a breakthrough to compete with the likes of the Warriors, Clippers and the Spurs.
Blazers fans, meet Boogie.