On the heels of reports that the Boston Celtics will pursue a trade for DeMarcus Cousins this summer, a source within the Kings has said that the organization doesn't share Boston's interest. Instead, the Kings will reportedly keep Cousins and pursue a playoff run.
Despite what I've previously written about the trustworthiness of the front office and team management, I truly believe that the Kings want to pursue a playoff run. That said, I'm not convinced that Cousins is the only way this team could pursue such a goal. While many Kings fans scoff at the idea that Sacramento wants Boston's treasure trove of draft picks, a scoffing I agree with, we shouldn't pretend that those picks aren't a valuable trade asset.
I consider unlikely that DeMarcus Cousins ends up in Boston Celtics uniform this summer, if ever. That said, it's not difficult to imagine a three-team trade where someone else gets Boston's picks, Boston gets Cousins, and the Kings get a big name or two from the third team involved. Take a commonly rumored trade partner like the Denver Nuggets. The Nuggets are going young and rebuilding. They would covet draft picks, and could acquire them in a deal where they sent out some combination involved Ty Lawson, Kenneth Faried, and/or Danilo Gallinari.
When these rumors pop up, and they obviously aren't going away until the Kings regain stability and demonstrate on-court improvement, we shouldn't be so quick to dismiss a trade partner. It seems unlikely the Kings would trade Cousins for picks. It's not at all in line with the direction the franchise is trying to go. But Boston's picks do have value.