DeMarcus Cousins traded to Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, two picks

The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Cousins has been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Cousins played just two minutes for the Western Conference in Sunday night's All-Star Game.

They are the only players to average at least 20 points and 10 rebounds in each of the past four seasons.

The 76ers have the option to swap first-round picks with the Kings in this summer's draft.

While West coach Steve Kerr accommodated Cousin's request for limited playing because he was "banged up", Cousins felt battered amid talks that resulted in an eventual trade to the New Orleans Pelicans.

Stay with WDSU for more details on this developing story.

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Stories about the University of Kentucky, where they both played one season before vaulting to the NBA (Cousins in 2010 and Davis two years later)?

The All Star Game, hosted by New Orleans, also went down as the highest scoring game in league history. But that just gives us more time to celebrate and speculate.

Cousins and Davis will form one of the NBA's best big man combinations in recent memory and could do so for the next decade as they are just 26 and 23 respectively.

Wojnarowski reported Sunday that the National Basketball Association and the Kings were hopeful to keep trade talks quiet as to not distract from the All-Star game. Will a John Wall contract still be needed to help Anthony Davis get past the super team of Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Klay Thompson? However, parameters of the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement specify that Cousins wouldn't be able to earn the designated player extension if he were to join a new team.

Earlier this month, Sacramento general manager Vlade Divac told ESPN that the team was not planning on trading Cousins before the February 23 trade deadline. But no employee deserves to find out his fate in such a back-handed and embarrassing manner, especially when reports indicated Sunday that his agent had received repeated assurances that he would remain in Sacramento.

The only saving grace for this trade is that the Kings get a pair of draft picks in what should be a deep draft. Boogie has become a solid 3-point marksman, and Davis is one of the best midrange shooters in the league, and his percentages are good enough that his shooting doesn't hurt the team from a productivity perspective. While it would take a lot for the Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, or New York Knicks to part with their superstar players, it might take even more talent to finally pry Cousins away from the Sacramento Kings. What better way to accelerate the future than allowing two franchise big men to exponentiate their multidimensional talent?

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