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PostSubject: Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins traded to New Orleans for Buddy Hield and Tyreke Evans   Tue Feb 21, 2017 7:29 pm

The trade sending DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and some draft picks was finalized on Monday.

"It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization, said Vlade Divac. "Winning begins with culture and character matters."

Divac went on to half-heartedly thank Cousins for his time in Sacramento and tried to justify the trade by hyping up the draft picks, but the line about "culture" and "character matters" is a pretty obvious shot at Boogie.

Both Cousins and Anthony Davis will be sacrificing some touches as they learn to play together, but both of them should still be able to fill up the stat sheet.

For what it's worth, Divac also said he had a better offer a couple days ago, so there's that. Feb 20 - 3:37 PM

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The Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Kings are expected to get Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a future first-round pick and a future second-round pick. This is a stunning move that gives New Orleans an overwhelming frontcourt with Cousins joining All-Star MVP Anthony Davis -- the Pelicans are currently 2.5 games out of the playoff picture, so they could make a late run. Cousins' fantasy value could take a hit in New Orleans, since his usage rate should dip, but he's still an elite fantasy option. Teams on the bubble of the playoff picture out West have been put on notice, and we can't wait to see how Cousins and AD play as a frontcourt duo. Feb 19 - 11:45 PM

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Kings' owner Vivek Ranadive apparently believes that 23-year-old rookie Buddy Hield – who is shooting under 40 percent and averaging 8.6 points per game – has Steph Curry potential. In Curry's rookie year, when he was two years younger, his PER was 16.3 and his box plus-minus was 1.0; Hield's PER is currently 9.9 and his BPM is -3.8.

In short, this isn't even a garbage fire, because a garbage fire at least gets rid of garbage.

Kings' GM Vlade Divac more or less admitted as much when he said after the fact that he had a better offer than this one two days before the deal was made, but it was rescinded. Faced with nothing but diminishing returns for an All-Star for whom the market was thin, Sacramento at last parted ways with Cousins after years of trade rumors for less than they probably could have gotten for him at any point prior to this one.

So was Cousins so much of a problem that this was really all they could get? Or is Sacramento so badly run that they couldn't get anything better? As it is in any relationship that goes bad before it ends, it’s a little of both.

Cousins has long been personally problematic, a moody superstar who collects technical fouls like nerds collect Funko Pops. Despite being one of the best big men and likely the best offensive center in the league for years, Cousins hasn’t (according to his doubters at least) put the team on his back the way a superstar should. Sacramento's win totals each season during his career there have been nothing to write home about: 24, 22, 28, 28, 29, 33 and 24 so far this season. Simply put, the Kings have never been able to build successfully around their mercurial star.

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