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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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Kings To Waive Matt Barnes

Feb 20, 2017 12:49 PM

The Sacramento Kings will waive Matt Barnes in order to create enough roster room to execute the DeMarcus Cousins trade.

Barnes agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Kings during the 2016 offseason.

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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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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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Kings Break Off DeMarcus Cousins Trade Talks With Lakers

Feb 19, 2017 11:32 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers were engaged in DeMarcus Cousins trade talks with the Sacramento Kings during All-Star weekend but those have been broken off.

The Kings are considering trading Cousins before Thursday's trade deadline and have been engaged with the New Orleans Pelicans.

The Lakers and Kings also held trade talks involving Cousins in June of 2015.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Kings sought the inclusion of Brandon Ingram in the trade.

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Vlade Divac Delivers Two Best DeMarcus Cousins Trade Proposals To Ranadive

Feb 19, 2017 11:05 PM

Vlade Divac has delivered what he believes are his two best trade proposals for DeMarcus Cousins to Vivek Ranadive, who has final say on whether the Sacramento Kings do a deal involving their franchise player.

Ranadive has reportedly become hesitant to sign Cousins to a supermax extension this offseason.

The Kings are seeking young talent, draft picks and expiring contracts in exchange for Cousins.

Cousins played in just two minutes during Sunday's All-Star Game, asking Steve Kerr to mostly sit him due to nagging injuries.

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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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Report: Vivek Ranadive Remains Uncertain About DeMarcus Cousins' Supermax

Feb 17, 2017 7:16 PM

DeMarcus Cousins is not expected to be traded by the Sacramento Kings as he's expected to sign a supermax extension that became available to both parties with the new collective bargaining agreement.

But a report from Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report suggests the Kings offered Cousins to the Orlando Magic earlier this season.

"Multiple league sources say the Magic turned down the chance to deal Nikola Vucevic and either Evan Fournier or draft picks to the Kings for the contemptuous All-Star center earlier this season," said Bucher. "Hennigan apparently was concerned about both his ability to re-sign Cousins this summer and building the franchise around yet another high maintenence big man.

"Cousins, meanwhile, has made it clear that he wants to stay in Sacramento but one league source says owner Vivek Ranadive, a staunch Boogie supporter, is still uncertain about handing him a max $200 million extension.

"The Magic are aggressively looking to revamp their roster any way they can. Boogie just won't be part of the remodel." 

Cousins' max contract would actually be worth $219 million over five seasons, considerably more than the $200 million reported by Bucher.

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DeMarcus Cousins Plans To Remain With Kings, Sign Long-Term Extension
DeMarcus Cousins wants his "legacy to end in Sacramento" and his "jersey to be in the rafters in Sacramento."

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Malachi Richardson Out 4-6 Weeks With Partially Torn Right Hamstring
Malachi Richardson is averaging 3.6 points and 1.0 rebounds on 10.6 minutes in 22 games for the Kings this season.

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DeMarcus Cousins Suspended One Game, Fined Additional $25,000
DeMarcus Cousins will serve his suspension on Feb. 8 when the Kings host the Celtics at Golden 1 Center.

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Kings Won't Trade DeMarcus Cousins Before Deadline
Vlade Divac recently met face to face with Cousins and his representatives to make it clear that he won't be made available to interested teams.

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Garrett Temple Out 2-3 Weeks With Partially Torn Left Hamstring
Garrett Temple will be re-evaluated after the All-Star break.


Kings Aspired To Create Big 3 With Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay
Vivek Ranadive previously told one league insider he aspired for the Kings to assemble a big three with Russell Westbrook joining DeMarcus Cousins and Rudy Gay.

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Vivek Ranadive Has Final Say On Roster Moves, 'Unhealthy Fixation On Warriors'
Vivek Ranadive told one source the only decisions he has made have been trading for Rudy Gay in 2013 and refusing to deal DeMarcus Cousins.

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Kings Confirm Full Rupture Of Left Achilles Tendon For Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay underwent an MRI on Thursday to confirm the injury suffered on Wednesday.

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Rudy Gay Likely Suffers Torn Achilles Tendon
Rudy Gay had planned to decline his $14.3 million option with the Kings for the 17-18 season.

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DeMarcus Cousins Intends To Sign $207M Extension With Kings In Offseason
DeMarcus Cousins will be signed through the 22-23 season under the new extension.

James Ham/CSN

Matt Barnes Thought Return To Clippers In 2016 Was 'Done Deal'
Matt Barnes signed a two-year, $12.5 million deal with the Kings.

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

Kings Plan To Offer DeMarcus Cousins $200M+ Extension In Offseason
The NBA's new CBA made a trade involving DeMarcus Cousins even less likely due to the Kings' ability to pay him significantly more money than a rival team.

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Kings, Raptors, Nuggets, 76ers Interested In Paul Millsap
The Kings are "very interested" in Paul Millsap as are a number of other teams.

Chris Vivlamore/Atlanta Journal Consitution

Blazers Not Interested In DeMarcus Cousins, Nerlens Noel
The Blazers could use a rim protector at center to anchor their defense.

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Kings Assign Georgios Papagiannis, Skal Labissiere To D-League
Georgios Papagiannis has accrued averages of 10.7 points (.500 FG%, .750 FT%), 7.3 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 27.0 minutes per game in seven appearances for the Bighorns.

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Rockets Interested In Trading For Kosta Koufos
Kosta Koufos has a player option in which he can become a free agent in 2018.

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George Karl's Passages About Kings Removed From Book
In the epilogue of the book's proof copy, George Karl shared candid views on DeMarcus Cousins and detailed his near-firing by the Kings in February 2016.

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DeMarcus Cousins Receives Fine From Kings For Confrontation With Reporter
The column referenced the arrest of DeMarcus Cousins' brother.

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Dave Joerger Calls For Truce Between DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento Bee
The Kings are still reviewing the incident in question where DeMarcus Cousins confronted columnist Andy Furillo over an article that was published last weekend.


Mike Krzyzewski Defends DeMarcus Cousins
Mike Krzyzewski coached Cousins on the 2014 and 2016 United States' teams.

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