Kings Reportedly Trade DeMarcus Cousins To Pelicans

Kings' De Marcus Cousins eyes extension Sacramento is 'where I want to be'

According to The Vertical, the Kings have held trade discussions with the Pelicans involving Cousins, who is now in New Orleans for the NBA All-Star Game. This could be why Cousins has remained in California for so long.

"I have spoken many times recently with [Kings owner] Vivek [Ranadive] and [general manager] Vlade [Divac] about DeMarcus' future with the Kings", Akana told ESPN. As a result, Ranadive has started to adopt management's concerns about Cousins' temperament to become a franchise pillar, sources said.

The loss of the Designated Player Veteran Exception for Cousins in a trade would cost him approximately $30 million over the length of his contract. He had gotten used to the chatter. It won't stop new L.A. Lakers trade rumors from flooding social media, but a deal wouldn't be in the best interest of the franchise. The 26-year-old big man wants his "legacy to end in Sacramento" and his "jersey to be in the rafters".

New Orleans has poor guard play, and isn't very good on the wings - for now.

The Kings received Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick, but it appears their initial aim was much higher. Nonetheless, the Kings made the move and now Cousins will join Anthony Davis in what should be an fantastic front court.

Whether that kind of usage will affect Cousins' overall effectiveness and efficiency remains to be seen, but it's certainly something to monitor once play resumes after the All-Star break.

For a team that already has trouble getting top draft prospects to come in for workouts, it could hurt the Kings' credibility with future free agents, which had been on shaky ground in recent seasons. This is a guy you need to decide on players who should be around him.

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