After six seasons of wallowing away in Sacramento, Boogie has finally been freed! The Sacramento Kings agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night, a mere two weeks after publicly claiming that the Kentucky graduate was off the market.
Sources told ESPN that while Sunday’s All-Star Game in New Orleans was playing out, the Kings and Pelicans came to terms on a trade that will send Cousins and swingman Omri Casspi to the All-Star hosts in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder.
The first-round pick that Sacramento will acquire in this fast-moving blockbuster deal is top-three protected in the June draft, ESPN has learned. That means New Orleans must immediately surrender the pick if it lands at No. 4 or lower.
NBA sources say the deal is likely to be submitted Monday for league approval. Similarly, league sources told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that the Pelicans are confident they will be able to convince Cousins to sign a long-term contract extension to stay in New Orleans.
“This is an unbelievable weekend,” Davis told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman after learning of the trade following his MVP news conference, greeting the news with a smile and a big thumbs-up.
“All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It doesn’t get better than this.”
For the 2016-17 season, Cousins is averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.