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Boogie traded to the Big Easy

DeMarcus Cousins is one of the league’s very best centers and in a more stable environment next to another elite player and a chance to actually win, he might straighten up, calm down and be recognized for his talent and not character flaws.

The Sacramento Kings have finally moved on from the incredible talented bu incredibly polarizing DeMarcus Cousins. According to The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings have traded the three-time NBA All-Star center to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie guard Buddy Hield, former King Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a future first- and second-round draft pick.

The significantly interesting part of the trade is that the Pelicans are in 11th place in the Western Conference while the Kings are two spots ahead with a one-game lead. However, this is a clear concession of postseason hopes for the Kings and an aggressive push for the Pelicans.

The move pairs Cousins with Anthony Davis in the paint and immediately gives the Pelicans one of the best interior duos in the league, maybe the best interior duo in the league. Cousins has averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game this year while being named to the All-Star game this year. Davis is averaging 27.7 points, 11.9 rebounds and 2.47 blocks this year and is also an All-Star. They are the only two players to average 20 points and 10 rebounds per game each of the past four seasons.

Cousins regularly butted heads with just about every coach he’s had since being the fifth pick in the 2010 teams and he leads the league with 19 technical fouls this year. But, by moving to a team that has a chance to win and with more stability, Cousins may settle down.

And while both he and Davis are big men, they seem like a perfect fit to play together with Cousins being the true center and bigger interior defense and Davis using his incredible athleticism and length to roam around a little bit more.

With Jrue Holiday and Terrance Jones both in the fold, the Pelicans seem to have more than enough to make a huge push to get into the playoffs.

The Kings got back into their perennial rebuilding mode but add a highly talented shooter in Buddy Hield. Hield certainly has not lived up to his hype coming into the league immediately but has a ton of potential. He’s averaged 8.6 points per game in 57 games and 37 starts while averaging 1.6 made 3-pointers per game at a 36.9-percent clip.

Evans was the No. 4 overall pick by the Kings in 2009 and won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award but significantly dropped off in the years following. This year’s he’s averaging a career-low 9.5 points per game and is likely only depth at this point. Galloway is also a bench guard, averaging 8.6 points and 1.8 made 3-pointers this year.

Without Cousins on the roster, the Kings just appear horribly devoid of talent and should be expected to slip far down the standings in the second half of the season.

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You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

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