The Pelicans have been looking for a center to pair with Anthony Davis, who would much rather play the four than the five position. The Pelicans recently engage in trade talks with the 76ers and Nets about a deal for either Jahlil Okafor or Brook Lopez. Omer Asik was never the solution.
Not only did they trade for a center, The Pelicans went out and got the best center in the NBA in DeMarcus Cousins. The Pelicans and Kings agree to a deal sending Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a 2017 first and second pick.
Kings GM Vlad Divac who denied the Kings were shopping Cousins and was ready to sign him to an extension, said during a press conference “Winning beings with culture and character.” Through cousin’s 7 year career in Sacramento there were constant questions about his character.
Although you can’t deny Cousins issues with technical fouls, lashing out at media personal, and his lack of defense at times, he wasn’t the problem in Sacramento. SB Nation Tom Ziller said it best “The Kings aren’t terrible because of DeMarcus Cousins. They are terrible in spite of him.”‘
The real problem was the Sacramento Kings organization. Consistency throughout the organization was nonexistent. Cousins has played for five different head coaches, two different front offices and an ownership change. The Kings failed time and time again to surround Cousins with the right talent.
That start with the poor drafting and head scratching decisions over the years. Like drafting both Nik Stauskas and Ben McLemore in back to back years. Or letting Isaiah Thomas walk away for nothing. He’s flourishing by the way in Boston.
There’s only three players in the NBA averaging 25+ points and 10+ rebounds a game. Westbrook, Cousins, and Davis. Yes, two of them just so happens to now be teammates.
Anthony Davis is a happy man. He won all-star MVP in his hometown and broke Wilt Chamberlin all-star record for most points scored in a game with 52. Now he has his Kentucky brethren DeMarcus Cousins as a new teammate.
What’s the sound you hear? Opposing NBA team quivering in fear of having to defend the best front court in the NBA.