New York: NBA trade rumors are doing the rounds for the last several weeks now. The biggest news in this regard came yesterday when it became clear that the Sacramento Kings surprisingly agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.
This is all the more surprising given the fact that Sacramento Kings had flatly denied any possibility of trading DeMarcus Cousins. They had said in no uncertain words that the All-Star center was off the market.
Now all of a sudden, it transpires that not just the All-Star center was available, Sacramento Kings had had actually sent him to New Orleans Pelicans.
The news filtered at a time when Sunday’s All-Star Game in New Orleans was underway. A report by the ESPN said that the Kings and Pelicans came to terms on a trade that will send Cousins and swingman Omri Casspi to the All-Star hosts in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder.
It is not surprising that to fill the void left by DeMarcus Cousins, the first-round pick that Sacramento will acquire in this fast-moving blockbuster deal is top-three protected in the June draft. This also means, without doubt, that New Orleans must immediately surrender the pick if it lands at No. 4 or lower.
The latest agreement with the Pelicans that the Kings have signed to deal DeMarcus Cousins means that Kings will be devoid of his presence from their midst. Called ‘Boogie’ by his friends, DeMarcus Cousins played college basketball for the University of Kentucky, where he was an All-American in 2010. He left Kentucky after one season, and was selected with the fifth overall pick in the 2010 NBA draft by the Sacramento Kings. In his first season with the Kings, Cousins was named to the NBA All-Rookie First Team, and from 2015 to 2017, he was named an NBA All-Star.