Sacramento Kings ship DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans Pelicans
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 20:27
According to the reports, the Kings are dealing Cousins and forward Omri Casspi for rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers.
The news caught Cousins by surprise, as he apparently was informed of the news just as he was sitting down to face reporters following Sunday night's All-Star Game. The Kings took three players during that span that have either been All-Stars or have been in consideration as All-Stars. The Pelicans, at 23-34, are only 2.5 games back of the now eighth-seeded Nuggets, at 25-31.
The duo of Kentucky alums are the only two players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds per game the last 2 seasons.
At this stage, New Orleans probably does not have enough depth to defeat a healthy Warriors squad over a seven-game series, but if they are able to sneak into seventh in the west, they match up very well with the San Antonio Spurs. He is seen here speaking with Pelicans star Anthony Davis during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on February 17, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
A potential issue here could be the fact that Davis and Cousins like to work in the same area of the floor.
WHAT HAPPENED HERE: The Kings gave up on Cousins, and - for whatever reason - they decided that 23-year-old rookie Hield, who is now shooting 39 percent from the field, was their guy.
Ironically, Cousins' new top running mate, Anthony Davis, earned MVP honors with a record 52 points as Cousins watched from the bench. They started strong this season, but tailed off significantly. Unsurprisingly, Davis leads the way there with a team-best 101 defensive rating, and AD ranks third among qualified power forwards in defensive real plus-minus.
Collison is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, so there is a risk that he walks this summer. Where do the Kings rank?
For the Spurs, this is fantastic news. He notably made two stops with both the Kings and Clippers, however.
Of course, now the question will be: does DeMarcus Cousins sign an extension with the Pelicans?
Sacramento is opting to rebuild in what's sure to be a new era of rebuilds for the team. The Pelicans just traded away two of the three players on their roster making over 1.1 three-pointers per game in Galloway and Hield.