DeMarcus Cousins' time in Sacramento appears to be over. The Kings agreed to trade the All-Star center to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie swingman Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a future first-round and a future second-round pick, according to multiple reports Sunday.
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
Deal with the Pels includes guard Buddy Hield, and a 2017 first-round pick to the Kings for Cousins, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
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Sources: New Orleans is also sending the Kings a 2017 second-round pick (via Philadelphia) and Tyreke Evans in deal, league sources said.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
The Pelicans are including guard Langston Galloway in deal to the Kings, who'll likely be waived, league sources tell @TheVertical.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) February 20, 2017
Cousins, who played just two minutes in Sunday's All-Star Game, now joins a Pelicans team that features fellow big man All-Star and former Kentucky Wildcat Anthony Davis, who scored an All-Star record 52 points Sunday.
Cousins, who is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season, spent the first six-plus seasons with the Kings, who drafted the former University of Kentucky star fifth overall in 2010. But Cousins has clashed with the front office and coaching staff during his time in Sacramento, which apparently thought it was time to move on from the three-time All-Star.
Pairing Cousins and Davis give the Pelicans, who are currently 11th in the West, the latest dominant big man tandem in NBA history. But will the duo succeed in the current landscape of the NBA, which has become heavily prevalent on smaller lineups and more 3-point shooting?
Hield, who was drafted sixth overall in 2016, is averaging 8.6 points and 2.9 rebounds this season. Evans, who is averaging a career-worst 9.5 points per game, and Galloway have come off the bench every game they've played this season.