NBA news about a recent trade deal between the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans got the whole attention of the online news today. Reports are saying that the Sacramento Kings already agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans in a blockbuster deal before the trade deadline.
The saying "anything is possible in NBA" is true after all with this newest development that shock the entire league today. Since last year, Cousins have been a familiar figure on the rumors mills and frequently being linked on trade deals to others teams.
However, every time Boogie is being mentioned in a trade buzz, the Kings management always slams the rumors and insists that they are committed to having Cousins to be the face of the franchise in the future. But this time around, it seems that Kings organization have flip-flop what they previously preached.
According to ESPN, sources says that the Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans have already agreed to terms that will send DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the All-Star host this year in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway plus a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick (via Philadelphia).
However, the source also says that the deal will be submitted today for league approval so there is still no solid confirmation that this is already a done deal for both teams. It is a surprising turn of events following earlier commitments by Cousins and the Kings organization about the future of the franchise.
Earlier this month, Kings general manager Vlade Divac reiterated that they are not trading Cousins and ready to sign him to a five-year, $209 million contract extension. Boogie also committed his loyalty to the Kings earlier this week and expects to be with the city for a long term. But, it looks like that promise will be broken with this recent development.
On the other hand, the Pelicans have just recently been chasing some of the quality big men in the league like Philadelphia 76ers' Jahlil Okafor and Brooklyn Nets' Brook Lopez. But it appears that they are already locking into Cousins before the All-Star break began.
If NBA league official approves the deal, the tandem of Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins will surely give the New Orleans Pelicans a potent frontcourt combination while leaving the Sacramento Kings to a total rebuild this season.