The All-Star game is for players to celebrate how well they have performed this season and for the teams to be thankful for the players that they have. The Sacramento Kings were apparently not too thankful for their all-star centre, Demarcus Cousins, as he was traded just minutes after the game.
The trade is sending him to New Orleans, which is ironically where the All-Star game took place, in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and two picks in the 2017 draft.
This is a trade that shocked a lot of people, including Cousins himself. It was just before his post-game interview when someone whispered it in his ear that he had been traded to the Pelicans. The internet always has their opinions to a trade and the Sacramento Kings have become the laughing stock of the league for them.
Meanwhile, the Pelicans fans are loving this trade right now. They are currently on the outside of the playoffs, but they are looking in. Now, with Cousins they will have a great chance of making it. With a combination of Anthony Davis and Cousins upfront, it will be a very tough team to beat.
Despite what everyone is saying about the Kings, I see this as a trade that they needed to make. There has been much conflict between Cousins and staff members throughout his tenure in Sacramento. He still has some behavioural issues on the court, and has picked up 19 technical fouls so far this year, which is five more than anyone else. There is no doubt that he is a superstar player, but his attitude has not been working out for the Kings.
Another factor for the Kings was the contract extension that he was going to need at the end of the season. The estimated amount that he would have gotten paid was $209 million over five years. The Kings decided that this was not worth the money and traded him away.
Many teams were concerned with the fact that he said he would not re-sign with any team that he got traded to. New Orleans believes that they have a good chance of signing him to an extension or they would not have made the trade. He is from Mobile, Alabama and New Orleans is the closest NBA team to his hometown so it would make sense that he would want to stick around there long-term.
This trade does make the Pelicans a much better team, but they still do not have much of a chance of winning it all this season. They might be looking at it as a long-term investment, but there is still the possibility that he does not re-sign with them. If you want to win in today’s NBA, it is vital to have three or more superstars, and the Pelicans are just not at that point yet.