The Pelicans and Kings have both announced the trade of DeMarcus Cousins in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer.
The Sacramento Kings are trading DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, according to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
The deal involves Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and two 2017 picks on the Pelicans’ end, according to Wojnarowski.
Cousins, who played just two minutes in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, now joins a Pelicans team that features fellow big man All-Star and former Kentucky Wildcats star Anthony Davis, who scored an All-Star record 52 points Sunday.
Cousins, who is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season, spent the first six-plus seasons with the Kings, but the franchise’s inability to build a team around Cousins led to him being frequently frustrated with how the team was run.
Now, he’ll get a chance to win with a new team that already has one of the NBA’s best players in Davis. There’s also a little bit of protection on New Orleans’ first-round pick.
There are "mild" protections on New Orleans' 2017 first-round pick, but expectations are that Kings will get to use it in this deep draft.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
In addition to Cousins, the Kings are also sending Omri Casspi, according to Shams Charania.
Sacramento is sending forward Omri Casspi to New Orleans in DeMarcus Cousins trade, league sources tell @TheVertical— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 20, 2017
Talk about a blockbuster. We’ll keep this updated as more information rolls in.