It’d take a lot to happen. Boston can only offer the veteran minimum for Cousins’ services and I’m sure more ready to win now teams would also consider offering Cousins the same deal, but if the Celtics can somehow get him in the building and sell him on what they’re building, (and Kawhi Leonard leaves Toronto) the Celtics would immediately, in theory, become the best team in the East.
What Cousins brings to the table is everything the Celtics have been lacking down low. Cousins is the type of big who can swallow every rebound that comes into his diameter and then some, and while Al Horford was a more than viable defender, the Celtics biggest problem since the IT era has been it’s ability to rebound and start a break when it counts. Cousins has made that an art.
The Jay-Jay’s will be able to play freely again, Kemba Walker brings an attitude that mirrors that of Isaiah Thomas(minus the bad hip), and a combination of Smart-Cousins would make the Celtics one of the most balanced teams in the NBA, with all of them being out West. Then, you’d most likely have a bench to start the season of Gordon Hayward, Enes Kanter, Semi Ojeleye, Robert Williams and the rooks, and since by the word of Paul George this should be Haywards real comeback season, that could be a lethal 2nd unit.
As of this article posting, Woj has stated that Cousins doesn’t have a market right now so the veteran minimum is very much in play for him at the moment. Teams like the Lakers will surely be interested and while it was fun to watch he and AD play together in New Orleans, a lot of that time was split with only one of them being on the floor at the same time. Miami will definitely be interested but if their roster stays as is with the addition of Cousins they still aren’t better than Boston, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Toronto. Cousins could also stay out west with a team that won’t sniff the WCF, so his best bet to finally get that championship he desires is through the East and it starts in Boston.
Kemba-Cousins 2020, yo.