NBA Trade Talk: DeMarcus Cousins to Miami Heat

Could DeMarcus Cousins swap Sacramento Kings for Miami Heat?

DeMarcus Cousins was a bright spot in a disappointing season for Sacramento Kings, averaging 26.9 points per game and 11.5 rebounds per game as they recorded a 33-49 losing record.

Yet don't bank on him staying put just yet. report Sacramento Kings owner Vlade Divac wants to explore the trade market for Cousins.

MNG report that Miami Heat are the top potential destination for Cousins, suggesting a trade involving fellow center Hassan Whiteside moving in the opposite direction to Sacramento.

Whiteside is a prospect, while Cousins is better suited to a 'win-now' team like the Heat, hoping to get the best remaining years out of star duo Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

Miami Heat posted a record of 48-34 in the Eastern Conference, enough to earn them a third seed for the play-offs.

SheridanHoops reported in December that Cousins was a potential trade target for the Heat, with the cap space needed to renew Whiteside's deal making him unlikely to be kept this summer.