Did Celtics Back Off DeMarcus Cousins Based On Isaiah Thomas’ Scouting Report?

by NESN Staff

February 21, 2017

When the DeMarcus Cousins to the Boston Celtics rumors were at their peak, some believed the center’s connection to Isaiah Thomas could help move him to the East Coast. But it now looks like the opposite could be true.

The Sacramento Kings traded Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday, ending Celtics fans’ pipe dream of the big man suiting up in green. The move also shed a little light on just how invested in Cousins the Celtics were to begin with.

The Boston Herald’s Steve Bulpett reported Monday that the Celtics might not have been huge Cousins fans from the start, and Thomas’ own assessment of his former Kings teammate apparently had a role in that.

“The lack of a push on Cousins from the Celtics may be revealing in itself,” Bullpett wrote. “There was a time when sources insisted the Celts found him appealing, but not to the degree where they?d give up either of the first rounders owed them by Brooklyn. Now it?s fair to infer that the scouting report the C?s got from Isaiah Thomas on his former teammate was not encouraging for his fit here. In fact, sources have indicated that to be the case.”

The Celtics reportedly have shifted their focus to Indiana Pacers forward Paul George and Chicago Bulls forward Jimmy Butler in the wake of the Cousins trade.

Thumbnail photo via Matt Marton/USA TODAY Sports Images

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