During post All-Star Game interviews, Demarcus “Boogie” Cousins was cut off by a gentleman who begins to whisper in his ear. He was informing All-Star center that he will be, in fact, staying in New Orleans. The Sacramento Kings had just traded Boogie along with Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, a 1st round draft pick as well as a 2nd round pick.
After Cousins was informed that he is being traded, a reporter proceeded to ask him to sum up his All-Star experience in New Orleans, in which he replied like someone who had just enjoyed their first date with their future lover. Cousins commented, “Well, it was amazing. I enjoyed the city of New Orleans. I love it here in New Orleans.”
But it was not about what Boogie said exactly, it’s more so how he said it. With a huge smile brimming across his face like he wanted to shout the news of the trade out to the world regardless of his care-free demeanor. He was ecstatic to start over with a different franchise. The Kings and Demarcus Cousins have had very little success together only eclipsing 30 wins over the course of a season just one time since Cousin was drafted in 2010. The team was on pace to pass 30 wins again this season although it’s obvious they lack the will to grow together. Demarcus has a reputation of having character issues both on and off the court meanwhile the Kings front office has consistently failedto keep the All-Star disciplined. More importantly from a winning perspective the Kings failed to build a playoff caliber team around Cousins. And to trade him away for less than he is worth has once again given the Kings the short end of the stick on another transaction they were involved in. The Kings may be doomed until they decide to part ways with Vlade Divac as well. He hesitates to make the bigger General Manager decisions such as changing personnel or disciplining behavior that represents the franchise and league in a negative light.
The New Orleans Pelicans behold the opportunity to mold the most dominant front court the NBA has seen in decades by completing this trade to put Demarcus Cousins alongside fellow Kentucky alumni, the All-Star MVP Anthony Davis. Cousins is averaging 27.8ppg and 10.6 rpg meanwhile Davis is averaging 27.7ppg and 11.9ppg. The only two players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past 4 seasons. Both have the ability to stretch the floor with Boogie shooting 35 percent behind the arc and with the Brow being able to shoot anywhere within the perimeter himself. If they figure out how to click and play cohesive basketball in a short span of time, they are going to be a scary team to play against. Although, if they want to be a title contender the front office has to pick up a scoring wing and a shooter to help keep the floor stretched at all times. They only have 3 guards on the team; Jrue Holiday, E’Twaun Moore, and Tim Frazier which is why they are also attempting to trade Terrence Jones hopefully in search of a shooting guard to add depth in that position. The future is appearing to turn brighter for the New Orleans Pelicans as they take a step forward to becoming one of the better teams in the league.