For the past couple of seasons the Sacramento Kings center, DeMarcus Cousins name has been brought up in trade rumors. This season was no different and the rumors appeared to be what they always are just rumors.
Especially, after the Kings General Manager Vlad Divac told ESPN We’re not trading DeMarcus,” we hope he’s here for a long time.” Well, I guess you can never say never because after the All-Star Game breaking news of Cousins being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans broke out.
The deal is sending Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, who was drafted by the Kings in 2009, he was taken by them in the first round, fourth overall pick. He spent his first five years in the league with the Kings.
Not a bad package deal for the Kings. When you evaluate the deal they received a lottery pick with Hield, who has a promising career ahead of him. In his rookie year, he is averaging 8.6 points per game. Hield is also a great three-point shooter. He may be only shooting 36 percent behind the arc this season but that will improve.
Galloway is another strong three-point shooter and plays hard every single minute he is on the floor. He may not be the best player on the court but he makes up for it by how hard he plays. Evans has been dealing with injuries this season but has shown when he is healthy that he is a highly productive player.
Evans for his career has averaged 16.3 points per game and averages 32.5 minutes per contest. With the injuries this year has only averaged 9.5 points per game and 18.2 minutes per contest.
The best part of the deal is receiving two more draft picks as they could find more young talent to help them in the future.
The Pelicans may have giving up a lot to receive Cousins, but one thing is for sure they have gotten who many believe is the best center in the game. Cousins is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebound per game. And him teaming up with Anthony Davis this could become the best frontcourt in the game.
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