By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Disgruntled DeMarcus Cousins has been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster deal. He was traded as news broke following Sunday’s All-Star Game that he was on the move.
Cousins is the key piece in this deal. Omri Casspi is also joining the talented big man in New Orleans.
In exchange, the Sacramento Kings are getting a young Buddy Hield. Also, including in the package, are Tyreke Evans, and Langston Galloway.
The Kings are planning on releasing Galloway.
Sacramento also received a 2017 first-round draft pick. The team also added a 2017 second-round draft pick that was initially owned by the Philadelphia 76ers.
“It was time for a chance and I decided this was the best direction for the organization,” Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations Vlade Divac said. “Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in a decade, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward.
“We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him all the best in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the world and we are all committed to building a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud.”
In New Orleans, Cousins will part with Anthony Davis to form a Twin Towers lineup. Both Cousins and Davis played at the University of Kentucky.
Evans returns to the Kings in this deal. He was previously the team’s fourth overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.
For the Kings to make this deal work, the team will release veteran forward Matt Barnes.
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