Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

Davis can play power forward next to him, and their combination of scoring, rebounding and passing is going to be a nightmare for opponents.

The Pelicans (23-34), two and a half games back of 8th place in the Western Conference, will attempt to keep Cousins long-term.

To be clear, we still don't know exactly what Clark told Cousins. They must. Otherwise, general manager Dell Demps has committed career suicide.

Cousins met with friends and family from his hometown of Mobile, Alabama located two-hours away from New Orleans and then left to the airport with a police escort.

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The DeMarcus Cousins trade was revealed by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

No other front court since Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Meschery in 1962-63 (60.8 ppg) have averaged as many points as the New Orleans lineup will be at combined (55.5 ppg). At first blush, he seems like an odd fit for Alvin Gentry's pace-and-space system. This isn't fantasy basketball. The Pelicans were close on trading for Jahlil Okafor and were willing to trade a first-round pick for him, but they couldn't come to terms with Philadelphia. The NBA hasn't seen a big man duo this dynamic in years, maybe ever. "He's my favorite big man to watch in the league". While his minutes and numbers were sporadic throughout the season, Jones exploded back on January 23 against the Cleveland Cavaliers tying his career-high with 36 points, while grabbing 11 rebounds in a win over the defending champions. They will cause enormous matchup problems for opposing teams inside the paint and out. It hasn't even been five years, and yet, between Cousins and Davis, the two Calipari disciples have dealt with just about everything young stars could possibly experience in their first few years in the league - except for postseason success.

Cousins is an elite talent. He's the NBA's most puzzling enigma. He also leads the league with 17 technical fouls. Demps knocked this one out of the park.

The Kings were in discussions over the past several days with the Pelicans management at All-Star weekend and also had discussions with the Los Angels Lakers but ultimately, they pulled the trigger on the Pelicans deal. They still sit 2.5 games out of the eighth playoff spot in the West. I would talk about the players the Kings received but the honest truth is that they are all scraps. And oh by the way: Mavericks host the Pelicans on Saturday night. But that just gives us more time to celebrate and speculate.