The drama with the approaching NBA Trade Deadline started out with a bang early in the morning Feb. 20 as the New Orleans Pelicans landed all-star center Demarcus Cousins, and forward Omri Cassipri, from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guards Tyreke Evans and Buddy Hield, forward Langston Galloway, and a first and second round pick for 2017.
The trade was reported and confirmed by several outlets, including The Vertical, ESPN and USA Today Sports, among others.
Cousins is obviously a huge get for New Orleans as he is averaging a career-high 27.6 points this season, along with 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 blocks. He will be paired with current franchise cornerstone and dominant forward Anthony Davis, who has been averaging 27.7 points and 12 rebounds per game, on his own, this season.
The Pelicans also were able to keep point guard Jrue Holliday on the roster, which makes an insanely scary trio for New Orleans, who are 23-34 this season and still in the hunt for a playoff spot.
|Cousins will now be paired|
with fellow All-Star Anthony Davis.
Photo by SB Nation.
Meanwhile for the Kings, this is a move to try to get the team into a total rebuild mode. Hield, who is a rookie this season, could be a potentially nice player for Sacramento long-term, but neither Evans or Galloway seem like they will be effective long-term options for the team. (Sacramento initially sent Evans to New Orleans).
But deciding to trade Cousins also brings back memories of the Kings trading current all-star point guard Isaiah Thomas to the Phoenix Suns in 2014, before he landed up with the Boston Celtics.
Bottom line: the Kings are a mess as an organization. But with Hield and potentially three first round draft picks this season, there is still a chance that they could turn this into becoming a respectable force in the NBA once again. But it's also important to remember that Sacramento didn't make the playoffs at any point of Cousins' tenure with the team. It is a shame because the Kings are currently only 1.5 games out of the final playoff spot right now in the Western Conference, but it seems that the team was also tired of Cousins' 'fiery antics' on the court.
This is a big shakeup in the NBA. Who do you think won this trade?
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