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Pelton: Trail Blazers Should Steer Clear of Cousins

In his latest text chat, Kevin Pelton touches on Evan Turner and how DeMarcus Cousins would fit in Portland.

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Friday afternoon, Kevin Pelton of ESPN.com sat in on a SportsNation chat and discussed all things NBA, touching on several matters pertaining to the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Blazers look primed for a consolidation trade. One oft-discussed name is DeMarcus Cousins. Pelton has a buyer beware sign hanging in the Boogie storefront.

"Jason (Portland)

Need your help making a fake trade work Kevin. I want the Blazers to make a run at Boogie Cousins with a package centered on McCollum with a young big or two. But, with CJ's extension causing a poison pill situation, I'm not sure if there's a way to add pieces to the deal to make the salaries work. Any idea? Also, would you agree that Cousins would be a great fit in Portland?

Kevin Pelton

(4:06 PM)

If I were the Blazers, I would not want any part of DeMarcus Cousins in my locker room.”

It’s not often that one of the most respected and well informed analysts in the NBA gives decries making a move for a player based on locker room fit. Pelton also adds more:

“CJ (DC) [via mobile]

It's a little baffling listening to internet Twitter blast the Kings for not trading Cousins, while in the next breath stating how nobody wants (or should want) him, thus suggesting the return wouldn't be worth it. Which is it?

Kevin Pelton

(4:39 PM)

There's a lot of people on Twitter, and not all of them have the same opinion of Cousins or information about the trade market. I would be conservative in my assessment of interest in him”

Pelton also discussed Trail Blazers acquisition Evan Turner.

Ben [via mobile]

Initial thoughts on Evan Turner's first couple of games?

Kevin Pelton

(3:44 PM)

I wouldn't overreact to his poor shooting. He's not going to shoot 15 percent for a full season. But I do think we're seeing an extreme version of my concern that his individual inefficiency would cancel out a lot of the good things Turner does as a playmaker and improved defender.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Pelton discuss Turner and his potential fit in Portland. An ESPN panel that included Pelton, Amin AlHassan, and Bradford Doolittle all pointed to the Turner signing as the “worst free agent decision of summer”.

Anything Pelton is involved with is worth your time, so make sure to click through his whole chat to get a feel on his take on NBA expansion and much more.