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Kings Trade Cousins To Pelicans. Team Up With Davis To Make A Push For The Playoffs. 

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 it would be “highly unlikely” the All-Star big man re-sign with the team that trades for him.

Derrick Rose could return to the court this season, per report

Derrick Rose has been battling knee injuries for three years now, with a meniscus tear as the latest setback to a once stellar career. Yet this time there might be some good news, as the procedure he will undergo has a rehabilitation time of 3-8 weeks, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

The Bulls announced Rose will undergo a meniscectomy on his knee, which means only the damaged part of the tendon will be removed. This was one of the optionspresented here. The team did not offer a timetable for his return.

The procedure is similar to the one Eric Bledsoe underwent last year. The Suns point guard missed two-and-a-half months with the injury. It’s unclear if the damaged section of Rose’s meniscus is smaller than Bledsoe’s.

If Rose misses the full eight weeks, he could be back for the second round of the playoffs. The Bulls may still advance from the first round and could integrate Rose in the conference semifinals. Of course, Rose could choose to be careful and sit the season out, which wouldn’t be surprising considering his injury history.

Jimmy Butler is hopeful that Rose will return, while coach Tom Thibodeau is preaching patience:

“He’s high-spirited,” Butler said. “I think we’re all optimistic about (a Rose return this season). We all want him back and I’m sure he’s going to try to get back as soon as possible.”

“We have to have patience,” Thibodeau said. “We just have to take it day by day.”

Rose is averaging 18.4 points, 3.1 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the Bulls. His explosiveness wasn’t all the way back and his newfound predilection for three-pointers was hurting his efficiency as a scorer, but he was having a good season after barely playing the past two years before the new injury was announced. Rose was told after his last surgery that “a future tear was possible, if not likely,” which may have softened the blow.

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