The Sacramento Kings finally did it. DeMarcus Cousins is gone. And he’ll be teaming up with, dear sweet Jesus, Anthony Davis in New Orleans.
The Vertical’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported late Sunday night the Kings are sending the All-Star big man and Omri Cassipi to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, Tyreke Evans, this year’s first-round pick and a future second.
Initial reaction: Holy mother of Christ, the Kings are more than drunk.
Yes, that’s all New Orleans gave up for Boogie. Hield is the sexy name coming back to Sacramento because of being the No. 6 pick in last summer’s NBA draft. But the former Oklahoma Sooner has scored less than 10 points per game on less than 40 percent shooting. Evans is a hefty expiring contract, and Galloway is a throwaway. The Kings will be hoping he improves in Year 2, but come on, it’s the Kings.
So, seeing the package New Orleans put together to acquire Boogie and form the scariest front court in the NBA, why didn’t the Dallas Mavericks try harder in the 11th hour to make a push for Cousins?
The Mavericks are three games back of the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. They’ve risen from the dead to put themselves in playoff position. Adding a guy like Boogie, to pair with Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki, would’ve surely vaulted Dallas into the top eight. It’s all but a certainty that — barring injuries — the Pelicans will now make the playoffs after making this move.
If Dallas was serious about this playoff push thing, it could’ve easily thrown a package together of Justin Anderson or Dwight Powell, Deron Williams and/or Andrew Bogut and this year’s first-round pick for said drunk Kings. Sacramento was so worried about losing its first round pick that it could’ve called any other NBA team and get a better offer than New Orleans.
But now the Mavericks, who only have a few days to make a move before Thursday’s trade deadline, are caught in a Southwest Division that is loaded while they’re stuck in the basement.
Boogie and the Brow is a real thing, y’all. The Western Conference, and the Southwest Division, just became even more of a nightmare for the Mavericks. And oh by the way: Mavericks host the Pelicans on Saturday night.