LOOKS like DeMarcus Cousins is staying put in New Orleans after the All-Star fesitivities.
After assuring Cousins that he will not be traded prior to Thursday’s (Friday, Manila time) NBA trade deadline, the Sacramento Kings have reportedly agreed to send the center to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night.
According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, sources said New Orleans is sending guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway and its 2017 first- and second-round picks to Sacramento as part of the agreement.
Kings forward Omri Casspi will also be sent to New Orleans as part of the deal.
Wojnarowski wrote that Sacramento was “at significant risk” of losing a 2017 top-10 protected pick to the Chicago Bulls and that the trade increases the chances they can hold on to it in what is generally regarded as a deep draft.
Cousins teams up with fellow Kentucky alum Anthony Davis, who bagged All-Star MVP with his record 52 points leading a West team over the East in the All-Star Game, 192-182, in New Orleans. Cousins, though, only played two minutes.
During the news conference afterwards, Davis was asked about Cousins and the impending trade.
"He’s a great player, dominant in this league, of course, with all the numbers he put up. But I haven’t heard anything. So I’m going to let the management, once again, do what they do, and when the time is right, they’ll come talk to me about it. Of course, DeMarcus is an elite player in this league," Davis answered.