Finally, the New Orleans Pelicans made a blockbuster deal to bring in a star player to complement Anthony Davis in New Orleans. There's no question that Anthony Davis is a transcendent player in the NBA, however in a league filled with a ridiculous amount of talent it's been impossible for him to consistently win with him being the only player of any value, or extraordinary talent on the Pelicans roster. Well, Sunday night that all changed when the Pelicans acquired DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings losing nearly nothing of value in the deal. The Kings received Buddy Heild, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a second round pick in 2019, and the Pelicans first round pick in the 2017 draft. That's all they got in return for one of if not the best center in the league, and that sums up why the Kings have been one of the worst franchises in basketball for the last 10 years.
The Kings in seven years with DeMarcus Cousins have failed to put any talent around him whatsoever, years and years of lottery picks and they couldn't draft anyone to help elevate this team to playoff caliber. The Kings were obviously ready to move on from the nonsense Cousins brings to team with his ridiculous actions that have landed him the most technical fouls in the league. To not get anything of value besides a first round pick for him is ridiculous, head scratching, and the GM of the Kings should be fired immediately. Sacramento King fans lost the only star player they've had in years, now they'll probably lose every game the rest of the way since their roster is horrible, and lacking any star talent. On the bright side, though, the Kings will probably end up with a top 5 pick along with the Pelicans first round pick, so who knows maybe they'll be able to draft some future stars, and begin building a new foundation for the future. Just trying to be optimistic for the depressed Kings fans out there.
As for the Pelicans, what a weekend it was for this young franchise. Anthony Davis puts on a show in the all-star game breaking a scoring record set by Wilt Chamberlain like 50 years ago, and then almost immediately after the game you find out that your team essentially stole DeMarcus Cousins from the Kings, not a bad Sunday in New Orleans, not a bad Sunday at all, unless you're a Kings fan of course. The Pelicans now have what seems to be the best front court in basketball with Anthony Davis, the best power forward in the league and DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best centers in the league. The push for the playoffs has begun and the Pelicans may have just made the move that'll help them sneak into the coveted 8th and final playoff spot. As for the people saying the Pelicans can now contend in the West, let's get real, they still aren't a very good team. Besides for Jrue Holiday and their two star big men, the rest of their roster is putrid. To be honest, I'm not completely sold on the Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins combination either. Having two star big men that have very similar games worries me a bit, they'll probably figure out a way to make it work, but it's something to keep an eye on. Let's see how these two star big's complement eachother before we just start declaring them the best front court in the league. Once we see them play a few games together then we can start making inferences on how this experiment will work out. Until then, let the outrageous assumptions keep rolling in because isn't that what the NBA regular season is all about. In a league where there hasn't been much to talk about this certainly has spiced things up quite a bit.