The biggest trade of the season took place last night when the Sacramento Kings decided to keep Demarcus Cousins over in New Orleans for good. Anthony Davis was probably the biggest winner on Sunday, taking home AllStar MVP in front of his city and then being told he would be playing alongside Cousins from now on.
Many people are questioning the haul received by Sacramento. New Orleans was able to obtain a legitimate superstar for just 2 draft picks, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, and Tyreke Evans. Evans is going to be a free agent in 4 months and Galloway is expected to be waived by his new team. Hield can still be a great player, but the Kings only receiving one 1st-round pick instead of the two that they desired is disappointing. Big men, let alone a really good one, don’t exist in today’s league and that makes me think the Kings could’ve done a better job with this one.
Kings TV announcer Grant Napear offered a different take on the trade from a Kings-perspective, tweeting about how it was Cousins’ time to go:
I completely agree with Grant Napear on this one. I’ve always thought Cousins was a great player who will never win anything, and going to New Orleans to a depleted roster will probably not change things for Boogie. Or maybe the Kings are that pathetic and he will flourish playing alongside AD. Regardless, I expected the Kings to fleece another team when they finally decided to move Cousins. They did the opposite, but for some reason feel really good about it because Boogie was apparently that much of an asshole.
This is definitely going to be interesting for the Pelicans, who are currently 2.5 games out of the playoffs. The 8th seed is the only realistic option for current lottery teams in the West, as New Orleans trails 7th seed Oklahoma City by 9 games with 25 to play.
Everyone wants to see AD and Boogie in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, the best they can manage at this point is the 8th seed which means an inevitable date with the Golden State Warriors. Pelicans in 6?