Thoughts on the DeMarcus Cousins trade to the Pelicans

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Courtesy of Yahoo Sports

DeMarcus Cousins is officially a member of the New Orleans Pelicans.

I don’t know about you, but with the NBA trade deadline just days away (February 23), this transaction came out of nowhere.  Even when they announced Sunday evening, it didn’t sink in until I seen the news on many sports sites.

In addition with Cousins, the Pelicans acquired forward Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings in exchange for guards Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, Tyreke Evans, and 2017 first AND second round picks.

The Pelicans are taking a “high risk/high reward” roll of the dice when it comes to the All-NBA center.  Cousins is an emotionally charged player whose attitude on the court are at times hard to reign in; he’s on his 17th technical foul (a league-high) and one away from another suspension this season.  Cousins has made himself a target with referees and it is noticeable that they are tired of his antics and are quick to “tech him up” as soon as they see glimpses of an attitude.  Despite all the techs, Cousins is averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 4.9 assists this season.

Boogie will join fellow All-Star big man Anthony Davis in the Big Easy, the two played at the University of Kentucky (Cousins in 2010 and Davis in 2012) and just bonded over All-Star Weekend.

Davis is ecstatic with the trade.  He was just named All-Star MVP after dropping a record-setting 52 points in front of his home crowd Sunday night and now his All-Star teammate Cousins will be joining him on the Pelicans.

“This is an unbelievable weekend. All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn’t get better than this,” Davis told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman on Monday with a massive smile on his face.

Cousins will be the most talented teammate Davis has had in his professional career. AD’s only managed to carry the Pelicans to the playoffs once despite his glistening career averages of 21.9 points, 10.1 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.8 assists, and 1.3 steals over five seasons.

If New Orleans didn’t know before, they know now that the Pelicans organization is committed to surround its star with better players and they just put together arguably the league’s most formidable front court pairing.

The Pelicans are not finished yet producing a playoff-quality team, but the organization has a better than average foundation to work with.

 

 

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