SOURCE– The Sacramento Kings stunningly changed course Sunday night and agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans just two weeks after publicly proclaiming that the All-Star center was off the market, according to league sources.
Sources told ESPN that while Sunday’s All-Star Game in New Orleans was playing out, the Kings and Pelicans came to terms on a trade that will send Cousins and swingman Omri Casspi to the All-Star hosts in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder.
The first-round pick that Sacramento will acquire in this fast-moving blockbuster deal is top-three protected in the June draft, ESPN has learned. That means New Orleans must immediately surrender the pick if it lands at No. 4 or lower.
I still can’t believe it. After all the rumors, after everything that we have heard over the years, I still can’t believe it. DeMarcus Cousins, arguably the best Center in the league, was traded for the 6th pick in the 2016 Draft, Buddy Heild, a mid-teens 2017 1st round pick, and a 2nd rounder. Evans and Galloway are nothing in this trade. I still can’t believe that was the price. How, how did the Celtics not offer something better than that? They could have easily, so it is not that they couldn’t. So the obvious answer is that they didn’t want to. They did not want to trade for Cousins which is insane if you ask me.
I’ve heard things like that the Celtics are interested on Jimmy Butler and are focused on trading for him. I have heard that Brad Stevens did not want to coach DeMarcus Cousins. This is what I do think. I think that the Celtics only having the Brooklyn pick in this years draft hurts them. I think the Kings wanted the Brooklyn pick even though the pick they actually got is no where near as valuable. This is a good draft and it seems like people value this years picks more than years past. I still don’t understand how the Celtics didn’t jump on the chance to get a top-10 player on a discounted price. That is a Trader Danny move. It just seems like this was the perfect opportunity to win another trade and get the #1 guy that the C’s need.