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Sacramento Kings Trade Star Center DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins to New Orleans

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It’s Time to “Boogie”


With the February 23rd trade deadline approaching, the Sacramento Kings have traded DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Kings front office had appeared to make it clear that Cousins was not going to be traded.

The Kings decided to send Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in return for Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick.

The Pelicans received arguably the best center in the NBA. Receiving “Boogie” Cousins is a definite boost to the front court. Cousins is a competitive, fiery, dominant skilled big man who wants a little love and to win.

What does this mean for the Pelicans?

The prayers of Pelican’s forward Anthony Davis have been answered. This season for the Pelicans has been tough to watch. Especially considering that they have received more national air time. This trade will provide an offensive spark and take some of the weight off Davis.

Both Davis and “Boogie” Cousins are interchangeable at the power-forward and center slot, which is one less thing that Pelicans coach Alivn Gentry has to worry about. The two big men have a great inside and outside game so spacing the floor shouldn’t be a problem.

This was a great move for the Pelicans when you think about the future. If you are the Pelicans fan you should be ecstatic. Think about it, you received a 26-year-old big man, who is just reaching his prime and decent forward in Casspi.

Although, the Pelicans had to give up Evans, Hield, Galloway, a 2017 first, and second round pick, they addressed an overcrowded point-guard position situation. Evans is a solid combo-guard when healthy, but you have to ask when the last time that he was healthy?

Galloway, had a great 2015-2016 season with the New York Knicks, but is replaceable.

Now hold on, Pelican fans, before you throw a parade and think championship contention. Even though the trade provided serious talent, the bench took a hit. In order for this to work the Pelicans should start looking for spot up shooters to help keep the floor spaced at all times.

There are two words that the Pelicans need to keep in mind “Jrue Holiday”. Will the Pelicans keep Holiday who was once the face of the Phildelphia 76ers?  Can Holiday stay healthy?  If the Pelicans decide to keep Holiday they are looking at three man core. The Pelicans are currently in the 11th seed at 23-34, 2.5 games behind the 8th seed. The Pelicans still have a chance to catch the 8th seed that is occupied by the Denver Nuggets.

Should the Pelicans make another trade before the Deadline? Or should they just continue with the current roster after adding Cousins and Casspi?