Not long after Anthony Davis broke the NBA All-Star single game scoring record, he got some much-needed help. The New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings struck up a deal that sends fellow All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans as first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical.
Sacramento has agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
New Orleans will send guards Buddy Hield, Tyreek Evans and Langston Galloway along with a 2017 first- and second-round pick. The Kings are expected to waive Galloway and also send Omri Casspi in the deal.
Cousins is always the center of trade rumors and now the rumors are no more. The Kings had promised Cousins, both publicly and privately that he would not be dealt ahead of Thursday’s 3 pm trade deadline, but that obviously isn’t the case. Now, Vlade Divac’s credibility from agents and players will now be questioned after telling Cousins he would not be dealt.
The deal gives Cousins a fresh start as his skills were squandering away with a team with not much talent. In today’s NBA, you have to have at least two superstar-caliber players and now the Pelicans have just that.
The pressure on Davis’ shoulders is now lessened and he finally has some help. Cousins will be able to be the center and take pressure off AD on both ends of the floor, while Davis will occupy the power forward position. The two former Kentucky Wildcats will be a problem for any opposing team and now the Pelicans have a legitimate shot of making the postseason.
New Orleans is currently sitting in the 11th spot in the Western Conference, but are only 2.5 games out of the dreaded eight seed, but there is plenty of time for the Pelicans to jump up to move up the standings.
With Cousins coming over to New Orleans, he is now closer to his home of Mobile, Alabama. Cousins wanted to end his career with Sacramento and have his jersey hungg from the rafters, but that was just not meant to be. If he was not traded, he would have been eligible of getting excess of $200 million in the offseason, something that would have likely kept him in Sacramento.
Wojnarowski also reported that the Los Angeles Lakers and the Kings were engaged in trade talks for Cousins, but the Kings asking price was too high. Sacramento wanted the Lakers to include Brandon Ingram, the second overall pick of the 2016 draft, but the Lakers declined.
There were objectively better deals available for the Kings, but since they think so highly of Buddy Hield, that’s the direction they went.
— Kevin O’Connor (@KevinOConnorNBA) February 20, 2017
For the Pelicans, this is a steal of a deal. They give away next to nothing for arguably the best center in the NBA to pair along with another young superstar. The Kings wanted to move on from Cousins and that is now a reality.
Just spoke to Anthony Davis. HUGE smile when talking about the trade that is expected to bring DeMarcus Cousins… https://t.co/qkKlYs3IeK
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) February 20, 2017
Boogie and the Brow will be a force to be reckon with. It’s been a long seven years in Sacramento for Cousins, but now he and Davis can wreak havoc alongside one another. The Pelicans had to shoot their shot and in the end, they come out with Cousins and Davis.