Kings Trade Cousins To Pelicans
With the NBA trade deadline coming up on Thursday, teams are really entering talks and looking to move or acquire players. Sunday night finished up with the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings reaching a trade agreement for DeMarcus Cousins.
The Kings agreed to send the embattled big man, Cousins, to the Pelicans for a lot of pieces that don’t necessarily add up to the worth that Cousins seems to have.
The Kings received three guard players in Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, and Langston Galloway. They also received two draft picks, a 2017 1st round pick (top-3 protected) and a 2017 2nd round pick.
The things to look at outside of the trade itself, are how this affects the Pelicans and DeMarcus Cousins.
The Pelicans have DeMarcus Cousins through next season, when he becomes a free agent in the summer of 2018. They have expressed confidence in their ability to get Cousins to re-sign when he does become a free agent or even this offseason with a contract extension.
The second part is how this affects DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins was set to make well over $200 million if he stayed with the Kings on a new contract. This now makes it so that he can sign a max of five years for about $180 million with the Pelicans (or another team if he chooses to leave). That is a lot of money that is now unable to be had by Cousins, and will probably forever ruin his relationship with the Kings.
For now, Cousins will have to get accustomed to his new home.