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According to multiple reports, the Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a first-round pick in 2017 (top 3-protected), and a 2017 second-round pick (via Philadelphia 76ers). The Kings reportedly will waive Galloway after the deal is complete.
It was a wild All-Star Sunday of trade rumors, as multiple teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, were said to be in pursuit of Cousins, but in the end, the Pelicans presented the strongest offer.
Cousins only played two minutes in the All-Star Game, which probably wasn’t a coincidence.
By the time the game ended, he had to answer questions about the trade rumors.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, Cousins’ agent Jarinn Akana was not pleased with Kings’ owner Vivek Ranadivé, who apparently had been wrestling with the idea of whether or not to trade his star center.
Akana indicated multiple times that he was told Cousins would not be traded.
“We met with Vlade and ownership and they assured us and DeMarcus that he’s not being traded,” Akana told Yahoo Sports.
“They have assured me, and DeMarcus, that the Kings won’t trade him, and are committed to signing DeMarcus long term,” he told ESPN. “In fact (Kings vice president) Vlade Divac has gone on record saying exactly the same thing. If the Kings flip-flop on what they committed, that is on them.”
“Under the circumstances … I would find it highly unlikely DeMarcus would re-sign with a team that trades for him at this point.”
Whatever Divac told Akana, it obviously didn’t come into play when Ranadivé pulled the trigger on the deal.
It’ll be interesting to see how this affects Cousins’ long-term plans and if he’ll stay in New Orleans past the 2017-18 season.
For the immediate future, the Pelicans (23-34) just added an All-Star center to team up with Anthony Davis. Their chances of clinching a playoff-berth significantly increased and the Pelicans will be an interesting team to watch in the coming weeks, as they sit in 11th place in the Western Conference, 2.5 games out of the eighth-seed.