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Can't tell you definitively DeMarcus Cousins isn't going to Boston (USA Today's Sam Amick has), but I know Jarvis
Varnado and Kris Joseph were destined to be waived regardless of any trade talk because the Celtics have no desire to pay luxury tax on their contracts, which they risked doing if the deals became guaranteed. None of the league contacts I've spoken with have indicated Cousins is available, and if you're the Kings and moving your biggest asset, wouldn't you want to find out exactly what you can get for him? The other issue, and not a small one, is that Cousins only makes $3.8 million. While the Kings have cap space, they have absolutely no interest in filling it, which means Cousins would have to be packaged with John Salmons ($8m, $7.5m) or Marcus Thornton ($7.6m, $8.1m, $8.6m) just to do a deal for, say, Jeff Green and Avery Bradley. What sense does that make? The only tantalizing possibility is if Celtics GM Danny Ainge finally goes through with his annual Rondo trade dalliance, but he'd need to get back a PG and I'm just not sure Aaron Brooks, Bradley, Pierce, KG and Cousins gets you farther in the postseason than Rondo, Bradley, Pierce, Green/Bass/Sullinger, KG.