Big Boogie to the Big Easy: Pelicans make trade for Cousins

Carter Landis, Sports Editor

Yahoo insider and soon to be ESPN correspondent Adrian Wojnarowski broke news last night at 11:42 PM that All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins had been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. The deal is Cousins and former Kings teammate Omri Casspi are headed to New Orleans, and the Pelicans send Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a 2017 first and second round draft pick. Galloway is expected to be waived by the Kings.

This trade allows Cousins to team up with fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis, now giving the Pelicans the best frontcourt in the NBA, as it is consensus belief that both Cousins and Davis are the best player at each of their respective positions. Cousins is posting monster numbers, averaging 27.8 points per game, along with 10.7 rebounds, and Davis is posting 27.7 PPG and 12 RPG. Together, they average 55.5 PPG and 22.7 RPG. If the Pelicans are going to try to make a run in the playoffs, having these two anchoring the paint definitely helps. The Pels also have complementary pieces like Jrue Holiday, who provides 16.3 PPG at the starting point guard position.

On the other side of the trade, the Kings lose one of their franchise’s greatest players, and don’t get much in return, considering Buddy Hield is really only effective being ball dominant, which he hasn’t been in the NBA thus far. Tyreke Evans is an interesting piece, but he was a King in his career previously, before being traded to…the Pelicans. Evans isn’t the same player he was in his rookie of the year season in 2010. The draft picks are nice, but Kings GM Vlade Divac hasn’t hit on superstars in the last few drafts. Essentially, this trade was highway robbery in favor of the Pelicans. They acquire a superstar center and finally get Anthony Davis some help. The future looks bright in the Big Easy.