Author: Adrienne J. Romero
If you’re an NBA fan, you know that throughout All-Star DeMarcus Cousins’s seven years in the league, there’s always been some type of talk about him getting traded. However, even DeMarcus himself never thought that this was going to seriously happen:
“I mean honestly, I’ve heard this for the past 3-4 years. It’s every year I’m getting traded, so I’m just like, ‘Ah, whatever,’ but when Chris Clark let me know I’m like, ‘Oh, this is serious.’” Boogie Cousins explained during his first press conference as a Pelican on Feb. 22.
The Sacramento Kings traded forwards Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday night, just hours after the NOLA All-Star game, in exchange for rookie guard Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first- and second-round picks.
Social media blew up minutes after the trade was announced; there was literally no one who could say that this was a reasonable trade, and as Max Kellerman, ESPN’s First Take commentator, described it, the Kings got a “ham sandwich.”
Every type of sports-oriented show and website had every intention to weigh in their thoughts on this unbelievable and, truly, unexpected trade.
“… A heist took place last night and the Sacramento Kings should be ashamed of themselves. I don’t give a damn that you don’t wanna pay DeMarcus Cousins [for] five years $209 million, you don’t let go one of the best big men in basketball,” Stephen A. Smith, ESPN’s First Take commentator, emphasized on the show the next morning.
As the trade deadline passed Thursday, Feb. 23, Cousins’s relocation was the only one that really got everyone off their seats. Seven deadline-day trades were put together by the 3 p.m. Eastern deadline, but every trade that followed paled in comparison.
There were, however, multiple rumors that would’ve had everyone fall off their seats again: Paul George was rumored to go to the Lakers, Jimmy Butler could’ve been in a Celtics uniform, and Carmelo Anthony and Derrick Rose’s Knicks commitment were put into question. In the end, all those players managed to stay put.
“I wasn’t concerned,” George said. “At the end of the day, I’m in a good situation,” per NBA.com.
Now, a day after the trade deadline, we take a look back at all of the moves that were made in reverse chronological order, via USA Today:
Thursday, February 23
Suns trade P.J. Tucker to the Raptors for Jared Sullinger, a 2017 second-round pick and a 2018 second-round pick.
Bulls trade Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and a 2018 second-round pick to the Thunder for Joffrey Lauvergne, Cameron Payne and Anthony Morrow.
Rockets trade Tyler Ennis to the Lakers for Marcelo Huertas (to be waived).
Bucks trade Roy Hibbert to the Denver Nuggets for a second-round pick.
Rockets trade K.J. McDaniels to the Nets (to clear cap space).
76ers trade Nerlens Noel to the Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut and a 2017 first-round pick.
Wednesday, February 22
Hawks trade Tiago Splitter and a draft pick to the 76ers for Ersan Ilyasova.
Nets trade Bojan Bogdanovic and Chris McCullough to the Wizards for Marcus Thornton, Andrew Nicholson and a 2017 first-round pick.
Tuesday, February 21
Lakers trade Lou Williams to the Rockets for Corey Brewer and a 2017 first-round pick.
Sunday, February 19
Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick.
Tuesday, February 13
Magic trade Serge Ibaka to Raptors for Terrence Ross and a first-round pick.
Monday, February 14
Cavaliers trade Chris Andersen and cash considerations to the Hornets for a second-round pick.
Sunday, February 12
Blazers trade Mason Plumlee and a 2018 second-round pick to the Nuggets for Jusuf Nurkic and a 2017 first-round pick.