Multiple sources, including the Associated Press, have confirmed that the Sacramento Kings on Sunday agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, a first-round draft pick and a second-round draft this coming summer. Evans was drafted by the Kings ahead of the 2009-10 season and played four seasons in Sacramento before being traded to New Orleans.
The Associated Press source for the initial report spoke to the news agency on condition of anonymity because the trade was not official and had not been announced by either team.
KFBK sports anchor Bill Herenda has often offered his take about the sometimes rocky relationship between the Kings and Cousins.
Reportedly the trade could impact a third team, since the Chicago Bulls will receive the Kings' first-round draft pick this summer as part of 2014 trade involving Luol Deng if Sacramento's record is not among the ten worst in the NBA this season. Without Cousins on the roster some league observers believe the Kings will in fact have one the ten worst records in the league by season's end. Reportedly if that is the case, then the Bulls will get a second round pick from the Kings.
Cousins this season is averaging 27.8 points, 10.6 total rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game. Cousins scoring leads all centers in the league. However, he also has received 109 technical fouls during his less than seven full seasons in the NBA, including 19 technicals so far this season. Cousins has already served a one-game league imposed suspension for collecting so many technicals this season. He has also been ejected from a game 11 times in his career.