The huge trade came Sunday night, where the Sacramento Kings made the decision to trade their star player, DeMarcus Cousins, to the New Orleans Pelicans. As a dominant scorer and rebounder, it was a shock to many that the Kings would let go such talent. After the Kings built a team around Cousins for the last six and a half years (picking players to compliment Cousins, firing coaches for him, etc) many players and fans were left in shock. Watch this clip, rumored to be the moment Cousins’ found out about the trade:
— Manny Vieites (@manny_vieites) February 20, 2017
The trade makes room for the Kings to pick up new talent, specifically, Buddy Hield. The Kings reportedly have a fixation on Buddy Hield, who they believe could be “the next Steph Curry.” In addition, many believe the trade was due to the impending $200 million investment the Kings would have had to make in Cousins this summer. DeMarcus is one of the few players eligible for a Designated Player Extension. This would add a 5 year extension to his contract, in addition to the remaining year he still had. The Kings also would not have been able to trade Cousins until he completed his first year of the contract. The contract would’ve been the largest in NBA history, locking Cousins in with the Kings until 2023. Due to this enormous deal, Cousins did not necessarily want to be traded. This $209 million dollar deal could only be possible through the Kings, and even if he were to re-sign with the Pelicans for 5 years, that deal would only add up to $180 million.
Although the next 5 years might look a little more complicated for Cousins, we’re excited to see what this trade does for the next NBA season.