Cousins Traded to Pelicans
NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans have confirmed the trade news that almost overshadowed Sunday's NBA All-Star game.
The Kings have dealt 6-foot-11 DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans in a five-player, two-draft-pick swap. The Pelicans also get Omri Casspi and give up Tyreke Evans, rookie Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer.
Cousins ranks fourth in the league in scoring at 27.8 per game. He's also grabbing 10.6 rebounds a game, which is right around his average during a 6 ½-year career that had been spent entirely with Sacramento.
Rumors of a pending deal swelled after Cousins played just two minutes in the All-Star game. His new teammate is 6-foor-11 Anthony Davis, who set an All-Star game record by scoring 52 points to help the West beat the East, 192-182.
The deal comes with the Pelicans 2 1-2 games out of the final playoff spot in the NBA's Western Conference.