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Suns Didn't Want To Break Up Core To Acquire DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 20, 2017 8:35 PM

Ryan McDonough spoke publicly about the Phoenix Suns' interest in DeMarcus Cousins the day after he was traded by the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We would have traded for him at the right price,” said McDonough. “We didn’t want to break up our young core to get him.”

The Suns could have offered Cousins an opportunity to reunite with his former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe.

Phoenix are owed a number of picks from the Miami Heat along with their own that they could have used to trade for Cousins.

According to a source that spoke with Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Suns offered a package of players and multiple first round picks.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Phoenix Suns, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Vivek Ranadive Believes Buddy Hield Has 'Steph Curry Potential'

Feb 20, 2017 4:05 PM

The Sacramento Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins in a package with Buddy Hield as the perceived centerpiece.

Vivek Ranadive was extremely high on Hield during the draft process, attending his pro day.

"Vivek thinks Buddy [Hield] has Steph Curry potential,” said a source.

According to Baxter Holmes, Ranadive's fixation on Hield played a big role in driving the trade.

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Tags: Buddy Hield, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Kings Had Better Offer For DeMarcus Cousins Fall Through

Feb 20, 2017 3:54 PM

Vlade Divac told the media the Sacramento Kings had a better offer for DeMarcus Cousins than the one they executed with the New Orleans Pelicans but it fell through.

"I don't want to discuss in details about the process," said Divac.

Divac also revealed he went to All-Star weekend in New Orleans with the intent of trading away Cousins.

When asked why the Kings decided to make the trade when they did, Divac replied: "Because we'd probably lose value if we waited."

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

DeMarcus Cousins Officially Traded By Kings To Pelicans

Feb 20, 2017 3:19 PM

The Sacramento Kings acquired guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first and second-round draft selections from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for forward/center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi.

“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization," said Vlade Divac. “Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in a decade, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward. We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him all the best in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the world and we are all committed to building a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud.”

"We’re thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family,” said Dell Demps.  “This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city.

“I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis for their continued support and providing the resources for us to be successful. I’d also like to thank Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield for their professionalism and hard work on the court and in the community during their tenure in New Orleans.”

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Tags: New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans Seeking Trade Of Terrence Jones

Feb 20, 2017 11:52 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans are seeking a trade involving Terrence Jones before the deadline.

With the Pelicans possessing an excess of bigs, both sides would like a trade.

Jones signed a one-year, $1.5 million deal with the Pelicans in the offseason after he found his market soft.

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Tags: Terrence Jones, New Orleans Pelicans, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade

Feb 20, 2017 2:19 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans were close to trading for Jahlil Okafor approximately 10 days ago with a package that was similar to the one they used to acquire DeMarcus Cousins.

The Pelicans were discussing a trade of Tyreke Evans, New Orleans' 2017 first rounder and Philadelphia's 2017 second rounder for Okafor with the 76ers. Unlike their offer for Cousins, the Pelicans were not including Buddy Hield.

The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

The Pelicans also discussed a Paul Georg trade with the Indiana Pacers ahead of Thursday's deadline.

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Tags: Jahlil Okafor, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia Sixers, Sacramento Kings, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

DeMarcus Cousins Traded By Kings To Pelicans

Feb 19, 2017 11:47 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have agreed to acquire DeMarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings.

The Kings will acquire Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, the Pelicans' 2017 first round pick and the Philadelphia 76ers' 2017 second round pick in exchange for Cousins and Omri Casspi. The Pelicans' first round pick is top-3 protected for 2017.

Cousins will team up with Anthony Davis to form one of the NBA's best frontcourt duos in recent memory. The Pelicans also managed to retain Jrue Holiday.

The Kings and Cousins were widely expected to agree upon a supermax extension this offseason before a new round of Cousins' trade talks surfaced on Sunday.

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Report: 50/50 Chance Of Kings Trading DeMarcus Cousins By Deadline

Feb 19, 2017 8:57 PM

The Sacramento Kings and New Orleans Pelicans have discussed a trade involving DeMarcus Cousins during All-Star weekend.

While no trade is imminent, a source says there is a 50/50 chance of a deal materializing involving Cousins and the Pelicans before the deadline.

Cousins has consistently said he would like to sign an extension with the Kings.

The Kings are known to like both Buddy Hield and Jrue Holiday.

Any team trading for Cousins would likely want assurances that he would be interested in signing an extension, though they would be limited to a four-year deal and not the designated player five-year extension the Kings can sign him to.

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Pelicans Make Inquiries On DeMarcus Cousins, Paul George

Feb 19, 2017 6:35 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have made trade inquires on both DeMarcus Cousins and Paul George.

New Orleans is making everyone on their available to pair Anthony Davis with another All-Star talent, including Buddy Hield.

The Pelicans have made more progress in their attempts trading for Cousins. 

New Orleans currently owns all of their own future first round picks.

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Kings Discussing DeMarcus Cousins Trade Scenarios

Feb 19, 2017 6:02 PM

The Sacramento Kings have been discussing DeMarcus Cousins trade scenarios in recent days.

The future of Cousins is being debated internally within the Kings despite his apparently willingness to sign a supermax extension this offseason. Vivek Ranadive has been going back and forth on whether to sign Cousins to a long-term extension.

The New Orleans Pelicans have been one of the teams who have discussed a Cousins' trade with the Kings.

Talks with New Orleans have included the Pelicans sending multiple first-round picks, pick swaps, Buddy Hield and expiring contracts to the Kings, league sources said. The Pelicans are eager to find a center to pair with Davis and Jrue Holiday. New Orleans has discussed trade proposals for Brooklyn’s Brook Lopez and Philadelphia’s Jahlil Okafor too, league sources said.

Cousins' agent, Jarinn Akana, recently met with Vlade Divac.

"We met with Vlade and ownership and they assured us and DeMarcus that he's not being traded," said Akana. "As far as we're concerned, nothing has changed."

The Kings had promised Cousins both publicly and privately that he wouldn't be traded.

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