This is arguably the most shocking trade we’ve had in the past few years. Sacramento Kings star center DeMarcus Cousins along with Omri Casspi were traded to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, as well as a first and a second round pick.
The deal still is yet to be finalized, but the move has already set off sparks across the basketball world.
Sacramento has agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, league source tells @TheVertical.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
The disgruntled Cousins gets out of Sacramento, with a chance to team-up with fellow Kentucky Wildcat, Anthony Davis, who will at last get the help he needs to compete. This trade has possibly created the greatest front-court duo of all time because Cousins will help the Pelicans massively. A trade like this is extremely rare in virtue of this: DeMarcus Cousins is in his prime years. He is 26 years old with tremendous consistency and many incredible years left in the tank.
Cousins has many strengths on the court. On offense, his play includes post/inside scoring, long range shooting and a rare ability for a big man – setting up teammates. On defense, intensity, rebounding and hustle are all mastered. The numbers show it: 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game with a PER of 26.70.
It is the first time in Cousins’ career that he will play on a team with another great player to help him, so it only seems natural that he is more comfortable because the extra star to lean on.
— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) February 20, 2017
For Davis, this All-Star Weekend probably has been the best of his life.
The following is from ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman.
“This is an unbelievable weekend, All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie [DeMarcus Cousins]. It doesn’t get much better than this.”
After a short but very respectable playoff appearance in 2015, the future couldn’t have looked brighter on the Pelicans’ side. Although the series only went for four games, it was a learning experience. Ever since, major injuries to Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans have ruined the core of the team (Let’s not forget Quincy Pondexter, who was a quality player but still hasn’t played since the 2014-15 season). The only reason New Orleans have stayed in playoff territory is their D-League and veteran finds like Tim Frazier, Terrence Jones and E’Twaun Moore.
Now with Davis and Cousins, New Orleans are favorites to clinch the 8th seed playoff spot despite the rough 23-34 record to start the season. Despite difficulties, it’s a possibility that the spot is easily made considering they are only 2.5 games behind it.
— Manny Vieites (@manny_vieites) February 20, 2017
Sacramento made some value out of the trade, getting sharp-shooting rookie Buddy Hield, premier ball handling forward Tyreke Evans, three-and-d guard Langston Galloway and two picks (a first and a second rounder).
It’s 100% clear the Kings are going through a rebuild. With Cousins gone, Darren Collison looks like the leader of the team until Rudy Gay can come back. If Hield can become a reliable shooting guard, Evans stays healthy returning to Sac-Town and the first-round pick turns out high, the front office are making a very good foundation.
Clearly, both teams got what they wanted.
If everything goes as planned for New Orleans, the play of Davis-Cousins could be a lethal weapon that could lift up their franchise. After this blockbuster deal was made, all fans can do is wait and see what will happen.