News broke on Sunday night that the Sacramento Kings had moved DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. This trade will absolutely shake up the Western Conference in many ways. It almost seems like the Kings management wanted Cousins out as soon as possible. The details of the trade are:
Pelicans get: DeMarcus Cousins, Omri Casspi
This will change the dynamic of the Pelicans and Kings entirely.
For the Kings, they will likely take a huge step back. They currently sit 25-31 and ninth in the West. Most of this record could be attributed to having Cousins leading the team. Many NBA players around the league are said to be “confused” at what the Kings are doing here.
Sacramento now has three new guards. Buddy Hield (rookie), has had a pretty solid first half to the season. He is only averaging 8 points per game, but will most likely get more minutes in a likely rebuild in Sacramento. Langston Galloway was another guard piece in the move. Galloway, only 25 years old, averages 8 points per game, but also will get more time playing in Sacramento. Finally, Tyreke Evans is going back to Sacramento, where he won rookie of the year in 2009. His production has gone down since that stint, averaging 9 points with 3 rebounds and assist a piece. These guards are all under 27 years of age.
Over on the New Orleans side, they get DeMarcus Cousins, a perennial All-Star and Omri Casspi, a solid veteran. Casspi only averages 5/1/4 this season, but has only played 22 games and only gets an average of 18 minutes per game. Cousins, 26, could be the guy to put them over the hump, and possibly win a playoff series.
Now, how will Cousins and Anthony Davis fit together? For one, they are Kentucky alumni, but played on different Calipari teams. We all know that Davis is very excited to be getting help in the Big Easy. This could be a great fit, with both guys have the most similar of stat lines, and can compliment each other even more with mediocre guard play.
Potential Pelicans Starting Five:
G: Jrue Holiday
F: Solomon Hill
F: Anthony Davis
C: DeMarcus Cousins
Not a bad front court, eh? This is now by far the best frontcourt in the league. Two of the best big men, if not the best big men on the same team. This is a rarity in the league, and we should enjoy it. All eyes will be on Thursday night when Cousins debuts for the Pelicans at home against James Harden and the Rockets.