TheBoourns here from SBNation's Detroitbadboys.com. The majority of us over at DBB are naturally in love with the idea of Cousins falling to the 7th overall pick but really we just don't see him slipping past you guys.
Just as many of you have discussed, Monroe or Cousins, whomever the Kings don't take is likely to be the next Golden State Warrior regardless of Cousins refusing to workout with your team.
Ultimately, we're hoping that Joe Dumars can pull of a miracle and figure out a way to trade up for Cousins so what are your thoughts on the following trade:
Golden State gets:
Tayshaun Prince and the rights to the #7 draft pick
Corey Maggette and the rights to the #6 draft pick (assuming Cousins is available at 6)
Why Detroit does this:
Cousins, who has stated that his preferred place to play is Detroit and is hopefully the second coming of an old-school Rasheed Wallace (relishes in post play both on offense and defense). Obviously Maggette also presents great value but we only make this trade if it nets us Cousins.
Why Golden State does this:
Tayshaun is an expiring contract and presents length, veteran experience, great perimeter and help defense, and the ability to play into any mix of players (doesn't need the bal in his hands to contribute efficiently). He shot significantly better than Maggette from beyond the arc last year and would not demand the ball nearly as much allowing Monta Ellis and Stephen Curry to dominate the ball on offense.
On top of that, it enables GSW to get out of the remaining 3 years (according to RealGM). While you guys would not get the scoring potential of Cousins, a guy like Aminu could be grabbed with the 7th overall providing explosiveness off the bench in his rookie season and a long-term lower cost replacement to Prince once his contract expires next year.
From a biased Pistons fan perspective, I do believe that this trade offers great value to both teams for different reasons but would love to hear all of your thoughts on Prince, how you think he'd fit in with the current Warriors team, and whether Team Management would pull the trigger for the financial implications of Prince's expiring contract.
If the trade above doesn't suit you, what do you think the Pistons would need to give up in order to swap picks with GS assuming Cousins falls to y'all?
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