Dec 5, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Toronto Raptors center Andrea Bargnani (7), power forward Amir Johnson (15) and shooting guard DeMar DeRozan (10) surround Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) on the shot during the fourth quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Sacramento Kings defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-100. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

TRADE PROPOSITION: Andrea Bargnani for DeMarcus Cousins & filler? - "Let's swap headaches'

Dec 23, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings power forward Jason Thompson (34) pulls in the rebound against the Portland Trail Blazers during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Word out of Sacramento that the Kings have suspended gifted headcase Centre DeMarcus Cousins was a tonic for me. I headed to the Trade Machine for some fun. Amazingly enough, I found a relatively simple deal which works for both teams, at least in theory: Andrea Bargnani for Cousins & Jason Thompson. The money works (the Raps save some dough), but what’s really interesting is the change in teams’ fortunes, according to the projection. The Raps gain 4 wins, but the Kings lose 10. That’s not surprising when you look at the 3 players’ PER: Thompson (16.5) & Cousins (19) are both above the theoretical average of 15, whereas our wayward & frequently injured Forward clocks in at 12.6.

If I were BC, I’d do this deal, if and only if I received complete buy-in from Dwane Casey. Should Coach want to take on the challenge of getting through to the talented giant, I’d take the chance that a change of scenery may be what young DeMarcus needs. There’s a Kentucky connection – Coach was born in the Bluegrass State & won an NCAA title in 1978 as a Wildcats Guard, & Cousins spent his one-&-done collegiate “career” at the school. I realize that’s tenuous, & quite possibly irrelevant. What is definitely of import is Coach’s no-nonsense approach. Remember how James Johnson was benched for running his mouth, played sparingly, then donated (ironically to Sacramento) last season? If DeMarcus becomes a Rap, & yaps at our Coach the way he did at Keith Smart, he’ll suffer a similar fate. You may ask why the Kings would dump a rare talent like Cousins. He’s been reinstated by the team, but this is his third suspension in as many seasons. That may be reason enough.

Jason Thompson should not be forgotten in this deal. He’s a steady contributor, averaging 10+ points & 7+ rebounds in his NBA career, which is now in its fifth season. Still, there’s no doubt that Cousins is the man with the sky-high talent & the emotional self-control of your average 6 year old. He’s the key to the deal.  Would you do it, Raps fans?

Brian Boake is a staff writer for Raptors Rapture. “Like” Raptors Rapture on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @RaptorsRapture for all the latest news and updates about the best damn NBA team from Canada.

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