DeMarcus Cousins was enjoying his time in New Orleans for the NBA All-Star weekend, little did he know he was being traded as the All-Star game unfolded.
News of the trade broke minutes after the game was over and DeMarcus Cousins was as shocked as most Sacramento Kings fans. The details of the trade are as follows: The Kings sent DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in exchange for: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and its 2017 first-round and second-round pick. Watch Cousins’ reaction after the All-Star game.
Kings GM Vlade Divac said Monday that this was the best offer they had at the time of the trade and when asked why he didn’t wait until closer to the trade deadline on Thursday he said, “Most likely we would get less, because I had a better deal two days ago.”
This deal was a slamp dunk for the New Orleans Pelicans who get an All-Star player in Cousins to form the best front-court in the NBA together with Anthony Davis. The question remains if New Orleans can convince Cousins to resign with them after the 2017-18 season when he becomes a free agent. For now, they can make a push for the playoffs and try to find other pieces to complement Anthony and Cousins.
The Sacramento Kings were heavily criticized for deal, they should have gotten more for giving up their franchise player. The rebuild process starts all over again for a team that has not made the playoffs since the 2005-06 season. Ownership and management have high hopes for Buddy Hield and the draft prospects, I hope Kings fans share the same optimism.