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Lakers trading Lou Williams to Houston for Corey Brewer

The Sacramento Kings finally did it. After years of speculation as to whether the Kings would trade DeMarcus Cousins, it happened last night. As reported by Woj (who else?), here is the deal between the Kings and Pelicans: Buddy Hield, 2017 first- and second-round picks, and guards Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway to Sacramento for Cousins and forward Omri Casspi. Even if we strip away the idea that Cousins seems like a royal pain in the butt and is an impending free agent, the immediate reaction to this deal from a Sacramento perspective has to be “yuck.” It is the classic Bill Simmons “three quarters for a dollar” trade. There is not a discernible star among the players going back to the Kings, and the first-round pick is top-three protected. The Pelicans get the potential for a monster frontcourt for the next decade, if they can re-sign Cousins and pair him with Anthony Davis. The Kings get … another decade in the lottery? The deal was also a reminder of how well the late Flip Saunders did three years ago in dealing Kevin Love. The situation with Cousins is not identical to the one with Love, of course. Love had a full year left on his contract when he was dealt, and even though he had worn out his welcome in Minnesota he did not carry anywhere near Cousins’ baggage. But Love had boxed the Wolves into enough of a corner that they pretty much HAD to trade him at some point. Otherwise he was definitely going to walk in free agency. And as players, I would put Love at the time of his trade and Cousins right now on equal footing. Smartly, Saunders played from as much of a position of strength as possible. He didn’t wait until the trading deadline in the final year of Love’s deal; rather, he dealt him the previous offseason. That kept him from having to panic or take a “here’s the best we can do” kind of trade. That allowed Saunders to take advantge of some good timing — LeBron James returning to Cleveland and coveting a young veteran like Love to complete a Big Three along with Kyrie Irving — and cash in on a trade in which No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins was the centerpiece. Wiggins is hardly a perfect or complete player, but that was a dollar for dollar trade. Love’s time in Cleveland has been far from ideal, but he helped the Cavaliers win a title last season and was an All-Star this year before getting temporarily shelved by an injury. Wiggins headed into the break with back-to-back 40-point games and is clearly a key to the Wolves’ future. You can’t say the same about anyone the Kings got in return. Maybe the first-round pick will materialize into something big. Maybe Hield’s ceiling is higher than it appears to be right now. Or maybe this trade is exactly what it looks like: another blunder by the Kings.

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Shot Clock: No Cutler, no Cousins in Arizona

azcentral sports' Dan Bickley and Sarah McLellan discuss the speculation about Jay Cutler coming to the Cardinals and if the Suns missed a golden opportunity to get DeMarcus ...

AZcentral.com Suns | 294 days ago | 11 Ballers sent

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No Cousins, no trade deadline splash for Suns?

azcentral sports' Dan Bickley and Sarah McLellan on the NBA All-Star Game, DeMarcus Cousins going to the Pelicans (and not the Suns) ...

AZcentral.com Suns | 295 days ago | 83 Ballers sent

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Suns, DeMarcus Cousins no match; Kings stumble along

The Suns rumored pursuit of DeMarcus Cousins is over - in part, according to reports, because the Kings were not interested ...

AZcentral.com Suns | 295 days ago | 77 Ballers sent

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Suns Had a Chance at DeMarcus Cousins

Either Ryan McDonough has made a huge mistake or Vivek Ranadivé and Vlade Divac are intentionally running the Kings into the ground. The Trade: Buddy ...

Valley of the Suns | 295 days ago | 97 Ballers sent

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2017 All-Star Game Preview

Fresh off an event-filled All-Star Weekend, including a second-consecutive appearance in the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, DeMarcus Cousins

Sacramento Kings | 296 days ago | 59 Ballers sent

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