Golden State Warriors: 3 Trades They Should Explore to Free Up Cap Space

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David Lee and Kent Bazemore for DeMarcus Cousins and Marcus Thornton

October 17, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) goes up for the basket between Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) and power forward David Lee (10) during the third quarter at Sleep Train Arena. The Golden State Warriors defeated the Sacramento Kings 98-88. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

This trade might seem ludicrous but there are several factors that make it feasible in a sense.

The Sacramento Kings still have an amnesty from the 2011 CBA, which means they can take a risk on an expensive contract. DeMarcus Cousins is a controversial locker room personality, who has experienced flashes of brilliance this season and flashes of disappointment  Marcus Thornton, meanwhile, is a poor man’s Eric Gordon. David Lee would the be the first All-Star playing in Sacramento since the 2003-04 season.

Why would this trade work?

Cousins needs a strong coach who is willing to work with him and make him mature to reach his potential. Well, Mark Jackson and the Warriors’ locker room is practically a perfect fit. Jackson established himself from the get-go, and he quickly garnered the respect of his players.

Marcus Thornton could represent a cheaper option for the slash-and-kick guard, and he can also step back and shoot the three.

The Kings, under new ownership, probably want to spice up the team, and Lee and Bazemore would surely do that. Bazemore has proven himself a capable on-ball defender in his brief appearances on the court, but would be able to mature with the rest of the Kings’ young squad.

Lee could become the go-to guy in Sacramento, and could work well with Isaiah Thomas, a developing point guard. For those who are still dubious about Cousins’ abilities, in the Kings’ last regular season game, he scored 36 points, grabbed 22 boards and blocked three shots.

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