DeMarcus Cousins Blockbuster Deal
The Sacramento Kings for a while, were not willing to trade their star big man DeMarcus Cousins. On Sunday night, they changed their minds and decided to trade him to the New Orleans Pelicans. On Monday both teams announced that the Pelicans have received DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi, while giving away Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first round draft pick and a 2017 second round draft pick. Cousins this season, is averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.3 blocks, which are superstar numbers. The Kings have also announced that they have waived veteran forward Matt Barnes, to clear up some roster space for the new incoming players from the trade. Both teams came to an agreement to a trade Sunday while the NBA All Star Game in New Orleans was still going on. Cousins’ behavior and character also contributed in the Sacramento Kings dealing him in a trade. With Cousins’ 17th technical foul occurring before the All Star break, he is now set to serve one game suspensions after every other new technical foul he accrues. DeMarcus Cousins’ contract is up after this season, and he has said repeatedly that if he were to be traded before the deadline, that he will not be committed to re-signing to his new team. Even though we were told time and time again by all sorts of Sacramento Kings executives including general manager Vlade Divac, (who on February 6 said himself “We’re not trading DeMarcus…we hope he’s here for a long time”)that big man DeMarcus Cousins will not be traded, we have now officially found out he and the rest were lying. We have also found out again from Vlade Divac, that they even had a better offer for DeMarcus, which was two days earlier. The Pelicans are going to have to try hard, if they are going to switch his mind about that, since he really did want to stay in Sacramento. Other questions surrounding DeMarcus Cousins, is whether him and Anthony Davis are going to mesh well together, while they are playing on the court together. The Kings could have offered him a five year 209 million dollar contract, if he had stayed with them through the end of the season, but now that he is in New Orleans, the largest contract they can offer him next season is a five year 179 million dollar contract. The Pelicans, in my opinion have definitely won the deal, getting probably the best center in the league, a position where they have continuously said they wanted an offensive minded center since the trade deadline of last year. Anthony Davis himself is even excited for this new deal saying “All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie (DeMarcus). It doesn’t get better than this”. The Los Angeles Lakers were even rumored to try and go after DeMarcus, but talks fell apart after the Lakers did not want to part ways with #2 overall pick Brandon Ingram. With the new revamped Kings roster, they will now be a marvelous and interesting team to watch from now on, with the tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, they can do great things.