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Blockbuster trade pairs Boogie and the Brow in New Orleans

Posted by Betonline Team on 2/23/2017 12:44:41 AM
Blockbuster trade pairs Boogie and the Brow in New Orleans

DeMarcus Cousins is the best big man in the NBA. Now he is paired with the best young big man in Anthony Davis following an All-Star game blockbuster trade that sent Cousins to New Orleans from Sacramento.

It is a great deal for the Pelicans on paper, but now come possible land mines that could turn it into a bust of a trade. Cousins is a pain of a personality. He clashed with teammates and coaches during a tumultuous stay in Sacramento. That might change however since Cousins supporters contend he simply needed a change of scenery from one of the worst run sports franchises in sports.

The other issue is Cousins becomes a free agent after next season and can sign with any team. Do the Pelicans have assurances that he will sign with them? It is not known at this time.

Sacramento Kings General Manager Vlade Divac decided it was time for a cultural change while trying to build depth for the future.

“It was time for a change, and I decided that was the best direction for the organization,” said Divac. “Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in decades, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward. We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him well in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the world, and we are all committed to building a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud.”

Cousins might have a better future in New Orleans, but it will come at a cost. Cousins was eligible for the Designated Player Veteran Extension clause in the NBA’s new Collective Bargaining Agreement, which means he could have signed for as much as $209 million over the next five years. Since the Pelicans did not draft Cousins, they can only offer him $179 million or a loss to him of $30 million over five years. It is thought that Sacramento did not want to make a long-term commitment and was not sure he’d sign anyway.

Now the real fun begins. Head Coach Alvin Gentry must now figure a way to showcase two talents that feature similar styles. The Pelicans, 10th in the Western Conference, also want to find a way to sneak into the eighth and final playoff spot in the coming weeks.

Cousins, 26, is averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.9 assists while Davis averages 27.7 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists. This now becomes one of the better one-two punches in the league.

The Boogie and the Brow show begins in New Orleans.

The league is in shock that Sacramento did not get a franchise player in return. New Orleans gave up 2016 lottery pick Buddy Heild, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a protected 2017 first round pick a 2017 second round pick.

The Kings bumbles another deal. They assured Cousins that he would not be dealt. And they traded him during the chaos of the NBA All-Star game in New Orleans.

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