The Sacramento Kings have traded three-time NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. In return, the Kings received rookie guard Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a future first- and second-round draft pick, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The trade pairs Cousins with another All-Star big man in Anthony Davis, creating the most formidable four-five combo the league has to offer. It signals the ninth-seeded Kings’ concession of the Western Conference playoff hunt, though just 1.5 games behind the 8th place Denver Nuggets.
The deal also propels the 11th place Pelicans, just 2.5 games behind Denver, into arms-reach of the post-season.
Cousins’ trade came days after the Kings denied trade speculation, according to the Sacramento Bee’s Jason Jones. Sacramento also reached out to the Los Angeles Lakers for a deal involving Brandon Ingram, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, but the Lakers refused to include their rookie wing.
Boogie made his third All-Star appearance over the weekend, entering the break with averages of 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. But he also entered the All-Star Game with a league-leading 19 technical fouls, a trend that has followed the Kings’ big man for his entire career.
Cousins becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2017-18 season. His agent told ESPN.com it would be “highly unlikely” the All-Star big man re-sign with the team that trades for him.