#204. DeMarcus Cousins sent to Pelicans in lopsided trade. New twin towers in New Orleans??
Yesterday, a trade between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans was made.
New Orleans received: DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi
Sacramento received: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 1st round pick, a 2017 2nd round pick(from PHI).
DeMarcus Cousins, a 2x All-NBA and 3x All-Star talent, was traded for a top 10 pick of a mediocre draft, a veteran coming off of knee surgery, a bench player, and a pick. DeMarcus Cousins is one of the top 10 players in the league.
DeMarcus Cousins is the best at his position and he has the opportunity to be a game-changing talent, and become a top-5 player in the league. He is the most complete offensive threat the Center position has maybe ever seen. He does have anger-management problems, but despite this his image is still relatively good, because of the extensive charity work he does. Buddy Hield is good, but unproven, he is a potential All-Star at best and out of the league in a year at worst. That’s a huge gamble to take when traded a superstar. Without Hield you’ve got a former Rookie of the Year winner, who unfortunately lost a few steps after several surgeries within the last couple years. Langston Galloway is a solid player, but no better than Omri Casspi, who the Kings gave up.
Aftermath: New Orleans Pelicans
This was a great trade for the Pelicans. After drafting Anthony Davis, the Pelicans have largely failed at putting a nice team around the best Power Forward in the league. Now, they’ve pulled a rabbit out of their hat and acquired the best Center in the league. Anthony Davis has been asking for a center for as long as I can remember, and the Pels just gave him the creme de la creme.
The addition of DeMarcus Cousins makes the Pelicans an actual threat in the playoffs. New Orleans probably won’t get very far this year, but the future is definitely bright with their new legendary frontcourt. The Pelicans might actually end up being the Warriors’ achilles heel. The Warriors main weakness is size down low, which is exactly what the Pelicans will bring.
New Orleans also becomes an interesting trade destination now that they have 2 stars. Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry are free agents this summer; if the Pelicans can lure one of them to New Orleans, they could become a contender in a hurry. Before, CP3 really only had 1 option if he left the Clippers, but now, going back to New Orleans could be just what his career needs. If not, DeMarcus makes staying in New Orleans easier for current starting point guard Jrue Holiday to stomach. All the Pelicans would need then are a couple shooters on the wings, and they’ll be set for contention.
Great Power-Forward/Center combos are very tough to defend, and often lead to championships. I like to call the great duos. It seems every era had their own Twin Towers. The 2000’s were home to Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum’s Lakers. The 90’s saw legends Tim Duncan and David Robinson grace the same floor every night. The 80’s left Kevin McHale and Robert Parish with multiple rings on their fingers, and so on, and so forth. As long as Boogie and the Brow have a respectable team around them, they might be added to the championship list of twin towers.
The Kings might’ve accidentally created a dynasty in their own conference, just so they could rebuild. Sounds like GM Vlade Divac doesn’t really know what he’s doing.