After a few noteworthy but not-Earth-shattering trades, the NBA has produced a trade involving a superstar in advance of the February 23 trade deadline: Anthony Davis' New Orleans Pelicans managed to reel in DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings.
And they did it for just a first-round pick and a second-round pick in 2017, 2016 first-rounder Buddy Hield, and expiring contracts Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway.
Once again: BUDDY HIELD, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, one future first-round pick & one future second for DeMarcus Cousins, sources say
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 20, 2017
In other words: not a whole lot for the best player to rock a Kings jersey since Chris Webber. Two years ago, Timofey Mozgov alone netted two draft picks to the Denver Nuggets (ableit a little farther down the draft board).
Not only did they land Boogie, but the Pelicans also acquired stretch 4 Omri Casspi in the deal.
Sacramento is sending forward Omri Casspi to New Orleans in DeMarcus Cousins trade, league sources tell @TheVertical
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 20, 2017
Here's a look at Cousins learning the news after teaming up with Davis in the All-Star Game, of which the Brow was the MVP.
After this season, Cousins in under contract for another year at $18 million. Days before the trade was concocted, Cousins professed a desire to remain in Sacramento and sign a five-year, $219 million extension.
"I'm very happy," Cousins said. "[Sacramento] where I want to be. … "I'm a guy that's all about loyalty and honesty. It's hard, but at the end of the day you gotta remember that this is a business. Your expectations can't be too high when it comes to trust and loyalty. I realize that. I know it's a business. At the end of the day I'm not always shocked. It still catches me off guard sometimes, but I'm not shocked."
At 27.8 points per game this campaign, Boogie has the third-highest scoring average for a player traded during a season (minimum five games), trailing only Wilt Chamberlain (38.9 points in 1964-65) and Allen Iverson (31.2 in 2006-07).