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DeMarcus Cousins came into NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans as a member of the Kings and he may not have to leave right away as he is now a member of the Pelicans.
The Kings have traded Cousins to the Pels in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and draft picks. In one of the biggest moves of the past few years, All-Star Game MVP Anthony Davis and Cousins have an opportunity to form one of the most dominant front courts of all-time. Via The Vertical:
The Sacramento Kings, after promising DeMarcus Cousins privately and publicly that he wouldn’t be moved prior to Thursday’s NBA trade deadline, agreed to trade the center to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night, league sources told The Vertical.
The Pelicans are sending guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, and 2017 first- and second-round picks to the Kings as part of the deal, league sources said, with forward Omri Casspi going to New Orleans.
The Kings were at significant risk of losing a 2017 top-10 protected pick to Chicago, and the trade now increases the chances they can hold on to it.