The Sacramento Kings?changed course Sunday evening and agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, just two weeks immediately after publicly proclaiming that the All-Star center was off the marketplace.
The teams announced Monday afternoon that the Pelicans had acquired Cousins and swingman Omri Casspi though sending Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder to the Kings.
A front-office supply familiar with the Kings' considering said owner Vivek Ranadive's adoration of Hield was a crucial driver in the deal. "Vivek thinks Buddy has Steph Curry possible," the source told ESPN's Baxter Holmes.
The six-foot-four Hield has been inconsistent during his rookie season. As a college senior with Oklahoma, Hield was one of the most effective players in the nation. He is averaging 8.six points but has been explosive at occasions, posting a season high of 21 points.
Cousins is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season.?The three-time All-Star lately served a 1-game suspension just after accruing his 17th technical foul and will be forced to serve extra suspensions with each other tech he incurs for the rest of the common season.
"It was time for a change and I decided this was the best path for the organization," Kings common manager Vlade Divac said in a statement issued Monday. "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 create the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward.
"We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and want him all the greatest in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the globe and we are all committed to constructing a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud."
The first-round choose Sacramento will obtain in this quickly-moving blockbuster deal is major-three protected in the June draft, ESPN has discovered. That indicates New Orleans have to instantly surrender the choose if it lands at No. 4 or lower.
The Kings also announced Monday that veteran forward Matt Barnes?has been waived, a move that was essential in order to produce roster space to comprehensive the Cousins deal.
Sources told ESPN that the Kings and Pelicans came to terms on the trade Sunday when the NBA All-Star Game in New Orleans was playing out.
The immediacy of landing two picks from what is broadly projected as a strong draft, as nicely as the possibility to commence more than amid growing internal concern about Cousins' unpredictability and run-ins with referees, had been chief amongst the lures that convinced Sacramento to go forward with the trade Sunday, rather than playing the process out till Thursday's trade deadline.
Sources stated the Kings are quietly hopeful that their anticipated slide in the Western Conference standings will assure that they get to hang on to their personal initial-round choose in the June draft, which will have to be sent to? Chicago?if it falls outdoors of the best ten. Sacramento (24-33) should really therefore wind up with two lottery picks in June to start off reshaping its roster in earnest post-Cousins.
League sources told ESPN's Ramona Shelburne that the Pelicans, meanwhile, are confident they will convince Cousins to sign a contract extension to keep in New Orleans in the close to future.
"We're thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family," general manager Dell Demps said in a statement. "This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for extended-term good results. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city."
Cousins, 26, would have been eligible to sign a five-year, $209 million extension with the Kings this summer had he stayed in Sacramento and has spoken openly for weeks about his desire to invest his complete career there, in spite of the club's decadelong playoff drought.
"That's residence," Cousins mentioned of Sacramento in an interview with ESPN Radio earlier this week. "I am loyal to the city, I am loyal to the fans and I'm loyal to the organization. This is part of my legacy and I want to bring us back to the promised land."
Earlier Sunday night, prior to each teams committed to the deal, Cousins' agent, Jarinn Akana, told ESPN that Cousins would probably pass on an extension with any team that traded for him before Thursday's deadline.
"I have spoken a lot of occasions recently with Vivek?and Vlade about DeMarcus' future with the Kings," Akana told ESPN.
"They have assured me, and DeMarcus, that the Kings won't trade him and are committed to signing DeMarcus long term. In reality, Vlade has gone on record saying precisely the identical thing. If the Kings flip-flop on what they committed, that is on them.
"Beneath the circumstances and offered the Kings' commitments, I would find it very unlikely that DeMarcus would re-sign with a group that trades for him at this point.?"
On Feb. six, Divac told ESPN, "We're not trading DeMarcus ... we hope he's here for a lengthy time."
Divac's public statement, sources mentioned, followed a face-to-face meeting days earlier in which he assured Cousins and his representatives that there would be no trade and that the sides were on track for the extension this summer season.
Cousins has one particular season left on his present contract and can develop into a free agent in the summer of 2018. New Orleans would be able to give him a five-year extension worth an estimated $179 million in July.
The Pelicans -- understanding Cousins grew up some 90 minutes away from New Orleans in Mobile, Alabama -- aren't concerned about their capacity to sell the former? Kentucky?star on a lengthy-term future alongside another former Wildcats star, Anthony Davis.
"I do not assume they would have performed the trade without the need of a lot of self-confidence they could re-sign him," one source with know-how of New Orleans' thinking told Shelburne.
The Pelicans have been seeking for an offensive-minded center to play alongside Davis dating back to last season's trade deadline, when they flirted with dealing for? Milwaukee's? Greg Monroe. New Orleans has also pursued? Philadelphia's? Jahlil Okafor and? Brooklyn's? Brook Lopez in recent weeks ahead of focusing its efforts this week on trying to pry Cousins away from the Kings.
ESPN's Justin Verrier reported earlier Sunday that New Orleans also attempted to engage the Indiana Pacers in trade discussions involving All-Star swingman Paul George. The Pelicans had been driven?to land prime-level aid to pair with Davis, who earned All-Star Game MVP honors Sunday immediately after scoring a league-record 52 points in the West's 192-182 victory.
"This is an unbelievable weekend," Davis told ESPN's Jeff Goodman after mastering of the trade following his MVP news conference, greeting the news with a smile and a major thumbs-up.
"All-Star MVP and now getting Boogie. It does not get greater than this."
Davis told Goodman he hasn't heard anything official from management or talked to Cousins but.
Cousins played only two minutes in Sunday night's All-Star Game. Sources told ESPN that Cousins asked West coach Steve Kerr to preserve his minutes down for motives unrelated to the trade talks.
Cousins was flying back to Sacramento on a private plane with his assistants and family and is anticipated to return to New Orleans on Tuesday, a supply told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.
Sources told ESPN's Chris Haynes that the Pelicans will now seek a trade companion to take on power forward Terrence Jones?and ease their frontcourt logjam.
The Los Angeles Lakers also pursued Cousins in current days but felt Sacramento's asking price tag was as well high, sources told Shelburne.
Talks promptly fizzled, according to Shelburne, as soon as the Kings informed the Lakers that they weren't interested unless they would get 2016 No. 2 general choose Brandon Ingram as component of a Cousins deal.
Evans won the NBA's Rookie of the Year Award in Sacramento in 2010 -- beating out Curry?-- ahead of joining New Orleans in the summer time of 2013 in free of charge agency by way of sign-and-trade.
The six-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging five.9 points and four.1 rebounds.
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