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Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 02/15/2011

Jump ball: Is Cousins worth a try?

By Washington Post editors

Now that the Wizards have finally won a game on the road, what's next for the team?

Assessing the personnel, commenter Darnell1 says:

We gotta trade for a center. Bogut, M.Gasol, Cousins... someone we can pair with Mcgee and deal away Blatche.

Even if any of those trades were possible, what about DeMarcus Cousins's recent problems with the Sacramento Kings? Does his talent trump his antics?

By Washington Post editors  | February 15, 2011; 12:59 PM ET
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Posted by: SDMDTSU | February 15, 2011 1:10 PM | Report abuse

Well, Gilbert probably exhausted our NBA-authorized quota of oppositional personalities for the next couple years. This is a guy who thought John Calipari was too strict.

Posted by: Samson151 | February 15, 2011 1:14 PM | Report abuse

They ain't trading him, dude will be Malone-like in a few years....and he will mature.

Posted by: closg | February 15, 2011 1:27 PM | Report abuse

Ask John Wall for his honest assessment.

Posted by: zbopjazz | February 15, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

You have to be kidding anyone that the GIZZARDS trade away seems to do better after they leave here.Be careful what you wish for and most of all look what happens when other players get here( Rassad Lewis)

Posted by: marvintrent_hart | February 15, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Unless we're giving up our number one pick for this year, there's no way the Kings will trade for Blatche and a number two pick. Unless Cousin's attitude is that bad. Why would the Wiz want to deal with a knucklehead when they're trying to build something positive?

Posted by: demonj21 | February 15, 2011 1:38 PM | Report abuse

Serious talent, serious emotional issues. The Wizards are an organization (as presently staffed) that's not capable of handling such Cousins personality which, IMO, borderlines schizophrenic.

He is the ideal type of player that the Wiz need though. (I get sick every time I see DeJuan Blair play)

Posted by: zxhoya | February 15, 2011 1:47 PM | Report abuse


Can't wait til JUMP BALL by Washington Post Editors goes the way of Monday Morning Point Guard, Morning Buzz, Morning Brew and Mike James.

Posted by: prescrunk | February 15, 2011 2:08 PM | Report abuse

When Darnel1 made that comment two threads back about Cousins, I posted that Cousins should not be considered by the Wizards.

Cousins has been characterized as needing serious NBA mentorship, someone to put their arms his shoulder and show him how to grow in the NBA.

This type of character and leadership has not been a staple of the Wizards.

A place where the team and a lot of steady bloggers here seem to indicate that it is the players responsibility for maturity, growth, and development.


Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 15, 2011 2:13 PM | Report abuse

On the other hand though, if Sam Cassell or Mark Jackson were in charge....

Posted by: LarryInClintonMD | February 15, 2011 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Sure, let's get him. His attitude will immediately change once he starts playing with a winning team with high basketball IQ like ours. The shot choices we make at the end of games will make him dream in Techincolor. I know I turn off the TV and chalk up a win every time there is 5 minutes left and we are up by 10.

Posted by: okelley2nd | February 15, 2011 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Teaming him with John Wall might be just what he needs, they got along well at Kentucky. Though I think the Wizards have a tremendous upside with McGhee and Seraphim. The one thing they need and might be just getting is winning leadership. If Josh Howard is that leadership I think this team has real potential. They also need someone who can score the ball regularly besides Nick Young. Is that Cartier Martin? I doubt it but am not sure.

Posted by: h20law2000 | February 15, 2011 2:28 PM | Report abuse

Moot point, because the Kings aren't going to trade him. They knew what they were getting when they drafted him, so it's highly unlikely that they're suddenly going to panic and dump him halfway through his rookie year just because he turned out to be the headcase they knew all along he was. It's a process and it's barely started.

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2011 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Whenever Cousins is done being a brat he will be punishing the league. Kid is a beast with a mean streak and terrific hands/feet. However long it takes for him to "get it" will be worth it.

And though he never should have made a scene about that last play, truth is Tyreke made a poor decision.

Posted by: divi3 | February 15, 2011 2:52 PM | Report abuse

Hellllll no!! Why would you wanna do that? What are the positives? AFAIK, he's not setting the league on fire, he doesn't have an expiring contract. So apart from trying to kill John Wall's career, what can come of such a move?

Posted by: tundey | February 15, 2011 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Blair was a TRYOUT in the Spurs camp...Tell me how the Wizards would pass on even giving him a tryout???

If Cousins will get into a physical altercation with a teammate over not being passed the ball, I'm sorry...Let this knucklehead stay out there 2 more years wallowing in mediocrity and maybe then he will appreciate being on a team...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 15, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

@h20law2000: I want some of what you are on. Because seriously how can you compare getting along for 1 short college season with a long term partnership in the 82-game NBA season?

@divi3: As usual that's letting yourself be seduced by the ever tantalizing "potential". Wasn't that why we made Kwame Brown a #1 pick? Did he ever get done being a brat? We are still waiting on Blatche to develop into Kevin Garnett. BTW, who is the veteran leader that's going to mentor Cousins in DC? Howard who might leave next year? Lewis who might not be in the Wizards' long term plans? Pls!

Posted by: tundey | February 15, 2011 3:01 PM | Report abuse

@divi3...Made the comment that Tyreke made the wrong decision in not passing the ball to Cousins.

Right decision or not, to get into a physical altercation with a player on YOUR TEAM is a no-no and should be dealt with harshly...Just like dealing with a bully, they only understand discipline...if not it will be repeated...

Posted by: pentagon40 | February 15, 2011 3:02 PM | Report abuse

if everyone thought blatche was a headcase then cousins is that times three. However, if you had a super coach like phil jackson, Larry Brown that knows how to deal with these Rodman, Rasheed wallace, artest types then blatche for cousins it is. We lack the leadership types to keep him in check. I can picture cousins bullying our players for milk money.

Posted by: jefferu | February 15, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

As usual that's letting yourself be seduced by the ever tantalizing "potential".

I never said the Wizards should try to acquire him, it's not realistic to think it would possible anyway. I said he's going to be a beast, Kwame may have been too by now if his hands werent made of stone.

Made the comment that Tyreke made the wrong decision in not passing the ball to Cousins.

The bad decision was taking the 3 when they were down 2 at home and he isnt a good 3pt shooter. He's much better penetrating where he could have scored and/or gotten fouled, or dumped the ball off when the double came.

Posted by: divi3 | February 15, 2011 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Despite his current character flaws, Cousins will be a perennial All Star big man. Grunfeld should be willing to trade away every player on the team except Wall and maybe McGee for Cousins. The whole point of rebuilding is to acquire young future All Stars. Cousins is the prototype, and if we could pair Wall and Cousins with a high lottery pick next year, we're the new Thunder, except with a beefy big man putting up 20/10s every night.

Posted by: Dellis2010 | February 15, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Uh, DC already has Haynesworth... don't need another big uber-talented guy who's attitude and unprofessional nature will derail any positive.

Right now the Wiz should focus on moving Blatche, finding a coach that has the energy to build this team, and scouting potential draftees and free agents.

Posted by: HollywoodPB | February 15, 2011 3:47 PM | Report abuse


Can't wait til JUMP BALL by Washington Post Editors goes the way of Monday Morning Point Guard, Morning Buzz, Morning Brew and Mike James.

Posted by: prescrunk"

Where's that ignore button......

Posted by: zxhoya | February 15, 2011 3:55 PM | Report abuse

OF COURSE we should sign him, what could possibly go wrong? Just because we'd be being intentionally ignorant of history does not mean it would repeat itself. Leopards CAN in fact change their spots (it's a complicated process involving chlorophyll).

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | February 15, 2011 4:12 PM | Report abuse

"Serious talent, serious emotional issues. The Wizards are an organization (as presently staffed) that's not capable of handling such Cousins personality which, IMO, borderlines schizophrenic."

Posted by: zxhoya | February 15, 2011 1:47 PM

So did you get your degree in armchair psychology from the same armchair university that issues the armchair degrees in armchair coaching and armchair GMing?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2011 4:18 PM | Report abuse

You people keep on waiving your magic wands and see if you get anything besides beans when you "trade" Blatche. He is a productive player who has improved tremendously since last year. It is amazing all these experts who never watch a game.

Posted by: h20law2000 | February 15, 2011 4:28 PM | Report abuse

BTW, who's "Rassad Lewis"?

Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2011 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I think it depends on what you have to give up for him. Would I give up our pick in this year's draft for him? Not if it's the top 5. 10th pick? Sure. Would I give up players? Well, I wouldn't give McGee, Young, Wall, or Booker. Anyone else? I'd consider it. You start a team of Wall, Young, Booker, Cousins, and McGee, You have a team that can score form different places, defend, is physical and athletic. It also means, outside of Cousins, you have a very unselfish basketball team. That would probably play to Cousins' personality.

It's clear this year that certain players on the Wiz are 'working' and others are not. McGee is giving great effort. So is Young. Those two have been tied together, along with Blatche, in past season as needing to mature. They seem to have, and are playing much better this season, though both have areas they can still improve a lot over the next couple of years. Blatche's attitude, however, has seemed to regress this season. Do I think we need to dump him? No. He's still very affordable, and he doesn't seem to be affecting other players' motivation. But he also seems to be the guy just not fitting in on the court. You don't see the effort from him that you see from other guys. Last year, I felt he played with effort. This year, not so much.

Another thing to consider is the options we have to improve. Free agency is still tough. we are not a top destination. We never will be unless we start winning or start having a few All-Stars others are attracted to. Wall might get to that level. But he's the only guy on our roster that has a chance of being a consistent All-Star. So the only way we are going to improve enough to be more than a borderline playoff team is either through the draft or trades or both. Cousins has All-Star level talent and skills, and court IQ, just his attitude might prevent him from ever making the squad.

If anything, maybe his fiery attitude is what this team needs. Sometimes, outside of Wall, we show almost no emotion on the court. It's as if some players don't care if we win or lose, just os long as it's not "their fault" that we lost.

I also say that, if you are an 6'11" 270lbs and can put up 18/9 a night in your second year (which Cousins is looking like he'll be delivering next season), then teams will trade for you. Look at Derrick Coleman or Zach Randolph or Ron Artest... Also, he's on a cheap enough, short enough contract, that you're not killing the team. I say if you can keep Wall, Young, Booker, McGee, and your top 7 pick in next years draft, yeah, you trade for him.

Posted by: segastyle | February 15, 2011 4:35 PM | Report abuse

What if the Wiz held on to Blatche and tried to get a better power foward to start over him, but let Rashard Lewis go to be replaced by a better veteran? They could also look for another veteran to replace Al Thorton, and back up Howard...could this work?

Posted by: Ez123 | February 15, 2011 4:44 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: kalo_rama | February 15, 2011 5:06 PM | Report abuse

If the Kings would deal Cousins for Blatche & our 2nd rounder ABSOLUTELY! I love the idea of Cousins & Mcgee together, either switching to PF, the force and rebounding of Cousins with the shot-blocking and athleticism of Mcgee.

Use that top pick on another KY player SF Terrance Jones, with Young and Wall. That would be a young 5 to roval OKC. Bench has Seraphin, Booker, Lewis, Howard, Hinrich, unless other moves are made.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 15, 2011 5:55 PM | Report abuse

"rival" OKC that is.

Posted by: Darnell1 | February 15, 2011 5:58 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: glawrence007 | February 15, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

good grief, no, no, and no way should we consider trading for this headcase, even if Sacramento decides to get rid of him.

there may (or may not) be teams that could handle him but ours certainly wouldn't be on that very short list.

Posted by: MinuMang | February 16, 2011 12:02 AM | Report abuse



Posted by: iward8 | February 16, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

The Wizard should take cousins in a heartbeat if avaliable. As we all saw in the Rookie/Sophomore on All Star weekend, there is something truly special about Wall and cousins playing together. They have a magical chemistry and have said they are like real brothers. Wall can keep Cousins in check. Boogie Cousins and The Great Wall are a magic duo.

Posted by: originalwrestling78 | February 19, 2011 10:56 PM | Report abuse

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