The conversation over whether Demarcus Cousins will be traded this season just won't stop. The New Orleans Pelicans have come out and said they have no plans for a deal and aim to try to re-sign him after the season.
However, that doesn't mean we can't continue to speculate about the packages rival teams could put together to sway the minds of Pelicans brass. Today, let's take a look at three possible Boogie Cousins trade scenarios.
3. Cleveland Cavaliers
We saw the Cavaliers complete a blockbuster trade this past offseason when they sent Kyrie Irving to Boston in return for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the infamous first round Brooklyn Nets pick. Thomas has just returned from injury and has shown, in a small sample size, that he will fit in well with this roster. But the most valuable piece that Cleveland can use in trade talks is that Nets pick.
Teams seem to be only interested in any trade scenarios with Cleveland if they involve the pick, so it could be possible that the Cavs put together a package involving Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert and the draft choice in exchange for Cousins.
2. Los Angeles Lakers
The Lakers are looking to do whatever it takes to return back to greatness. They'll be targeting big names like Paul George and LeBron James, but this young L.A. squad hasn't shown these championship chasers any real reason why they should join the purple and gold just yet.
One thing that can help the Lakers' case is bringing in star-level talent to attract even bigger fish. They should start with a trade package to bring in Boogie. Los Angeles has plenty of young trade assets they may be willing to move in order to pull this off.
Kyle Kuzma's emergence would soften the blow of losing Brandon Ingram, so he could be made available. The Lakers could offer a trade of Brandon Ingram, Jordan Clarkson, and their 2020 first round pick for Demarcus Cousins.
1. Boston Celtics
The Celtics have used their array of assets over the past few seasons to once again make themselves a contender. The best defensive team in the league also boasts an elite scorer in Kyrie Irving, and will also have Gordon Hayward's two-way talents ready to roll next season once he returns from injury.
The team is hungry for more, however, and has been rumored to have interest in Anthony Davis. New Orleans has no interest in moving him, but maybe Boston could turn their focus elsewhere. They still have plenty of picks to their name over the next few years, and could offer the Pelicans any combination they would like in order to reel in a dominant weapon like Cousins.