If you were wondering why DeMarcus Cousins only played two minutes in Sunday’s All-Star game, wonder no more. News broke shortly after the game that DeMarcus Cousins had been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. New Orleans was the host city of All-Star weekend and also has fellow All-Star big man and MVP of the All-Star game, Anthony Davis.
In the trade, the Pelicans received All-Star (C) DeMarcus Cousins and (F) Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings. In return, they sent Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 1st-round pick and a 2019 2nd-round pick.
The Pelicans clearly came out on the better end of this deal. They now have the top two big men in the NBA and two of the top five scorers in Cousins (4th) and Davis (5th.) This duo has the potential to be one of the greatest big man pairings the league has ever seen.
Davis’s bread and butter is defense, while Cousins is an offensive specialist. The Pelicans are currently two-and-a-half games back of the 8th spot in the Western Conference and look to be well equipped to succeed during the second half of the season.
Sacramento is clearly just unloading someone that they apparently feel they need to move on from. This was definitely not the best offer they could have gotten for Cousins, but with the trade deadline looming, they didn’t want to lose him for nothing during free agency. The Kings ultimately didn’t want to pay him the 5-year $210 million contract during the offseason.
The Kings franchise is now trending in the wrong direction. They already made a questionable trade that saw them dump three NBA salaries on the Sixers and trade swap rights in 2017 and an unprotected 2019 pick while receiving nothing in return. Now they’ve just sent the best center in the NBA away for really nothing concrete in return—a rookie, and a player that they let leave in free agency the year prior.