Beyond the Key Episode of the week
By NBA/College Basketball Insider Jeremy Fitch
Another edition of NBA All Star Weekend is complete, but could we walk out of the weekend without a super trade?
Absolutely not, and it just so happens the host city just got more rich.
Via Adrian Wojnarowski, the New Orleans Pelicans have traded for DeMarcus Cousins.
Pelicans Receive: DeMarcus Cousins and Omir Casspi
Kings Receive: Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, future first round pick and future second round pick
While Kings management has been back and forth on this idea of trading the franchise centerpiece, they decided it was best for both sides.
From sources I have spoken with, Cousins was made aware at halftime of the All Star game tonight and that was why he did not play in the second half of the game.
Anthony Davis, now teammate put on a show, breaking the All Star scoring record, once held by Wilt Chamberlain.
Cousins sat on the bench knowing that Davis would be his teammate by the end of the night.
The Pelicans currently sit 2.5 games out of the eight seed, and with this trade you have to believe that we are looking at NOLA as a playoff location, by the end of the season.
With this trade the landscape of this New Orleans Pelicans franchise has officially changed out West, but will it last?
The Pelicans are under the belief that they will be able to sign him, but that's is something we will need to wait and see.
Sources are telling DYSTnow.com and Beyond the Statistics that the Lakers will try their best to acquire Cousins in the offseason.