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Monday, February 20, 2017

Basketball

Kings tried to trade DeMarcus Cousins to Lakers, other teams

DeMarcus Cousins

The Sacramento Kings finally decided this week that they were ready to move on from DeMarcus Cousins, and they discussed trading the star forward to more than a few teams before eventually working out a deal with the New Orleans Pelicans.

According to ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne, the Los Angeles Lakers were interested at one point but were not willing to part ways with last year’s No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram.

The Kings also had discussions with at least four other teams.

The Pelicans ultimately offered the best package, sending Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and two draft picks to Sacramento. Backcourt help was obviously the priority.

Given what Cousins said about New Orleans at the All-Star Game, it sounds like he is happy with where he ended up.

DeMarcus Cousins likes New Orleans

DeMarcus Cousins

The biggest story to emerge from NBA All-Star Weekend was DeMarcus Cousins getting traded to the New Orleans Pelicans — the same city that hosted the weekend’s festivities.

News broke after the All-Star Game that Cousins had been traded by Sacramento along with Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and two draft picks — including a first in 2017.

So what does Cousins think of going to New Orleans? As he said in this video, he loves it.

Cowbell Kingdom’s Manny Vieites says that was the moment Cousins heard about the trade, but we’re told that’s false.

The late-night trade while Cousins was at All-Star Weekend came as a surprise, and it left him and his manager unsure of where to go:

Based on Cousins’ comments that he loves the city of New Orleans, he’s probably pretty happy about the trade. It also pairs him with another former Kentucky star, Anthony Davis. They’re going to have one terrifying frontcourt in New Orleans.

Here’s everything Cousins had to say about New Orleans:

DeAndre Jordan had a hilarious reaction to Steph Curry getting dunked on

DeAndre Jordan

Steph Curry got yammed on by Giannis Antetokounmpo during Sunday’s All-Star Game in the hardest way, and nobody had a better reaction than DeAndre Jordan.

Take a look at the Clippers center’s face after seeing Antetokounmpo mash on Curry’s head:

Steph really should know better than to be on the tracks when the Giannis train is coming through:

Hmm, where have we seen that face before?

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

DeMarcus Cousins

After a few years of trade rumors, DeMarcus Cousins has finally been traded.

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

The early word is that the Sacramento Kings are receiving Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, and two draft picks in return. They will receive the Pelicans’ 2017 first-round pick, as well as a 2017 second-round pick the Pelicans had via Philly. Langston Galloway is also part of the deal, but is expected to be waived by the Kings. The Pelicans will also receive Omri Casspi along with Cousins. Casspi being dealt is no surprise as he’s been out of favor with new Kings coach Dave Joerger.

Stories in recent weeks said Cousins, whose contract expires after next season, intended to sign a long-term extension in Sacramento. But the Kings have long thought about trading the mercurial player, who despite being arguably the best center in the league, is a hot head.

During his career, Cousins has had bouts with his front office, head coaches, and the media. He also was suspended a game this season for receiving too many technical fouls.

Wojnarowski says one reason the Kings were motivated to trade Cousins now is because they were in danger of losing a top-10 protected pick to the Bulls. The Kings are 24-33, and without Cousins, they will likely be less competitive and should finish the season with one of the worst 10 records in the league.

The Pelicans, meanwhile, entered the All-Star break 2.5 games out of the playoff picture in the West. Now with a frontcourt of Cousins and Anthony Davis, they should be a formidable team and challenge for a postseason spot.

Future flirts with Larsa Pippen in Instagram comments

Future is really a thorn in Scottie Pippen’s side.

Pippen filed for divorce from wife Larsa in October, but the two reportedly are working on getting back together and do not appear to be proceeding with the split.

But Future is doing his best to mess things up for Scottie.

Future was cited as the reason why Pippen filed for divorce in the first place, as the former NBA player was upset with the rapper’s relationship with his wife.

Larsa posted this picture on Instagram Sunday, and look who dropped in her comments:

Larsa Pippen Future

How thoughtful of Future. Scottie must want to knock him out.

Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant team up for sweet give-and-go (Video)

Kevin Durant Russell Westbrook

Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant teamed up for a nice give-and-go at the All-Star Game on Sunday, proving that whatever bad blood exists between them off the court does not spill onto it — at least during exhibitions.

Midway during the first quarter of the All-Star Game, Westbrook passed to Durant, who then fed the ball back to Russ for a nice alley-oop dunk:

What the video doesn’t show is that after the alley-oop, Westbrook appeared to give a pat on the butt to Durant when they got back on defense.

Guess that despite everything, they can play nicely on the court when they’re teammates.

And the rest of their Western Conference teammates loved it:

Russell Westbrook warms up apart from teammates at All-Star Game

Russell Westbrook

There’s Russell Westbrook, and then there’s everybody else.

Westbrook is known for having a strong personality and marching to the beat of his own drum. Those personality traits appeared to be on display during pregame warmups for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.

According to reporters in attendance who captured both photo and video evidence, the Oklahoma City Thunder star warmed up on one basket, separate from the rest of his Western Conference All-Star teammates.

James Harden later joined him:

Westbrook is in an interesting situation because of the tension between him and ex-Thunder teammate Kevin Durant. He may feel somewhat outnumbered as the Golden State Warriors have four All-Stars including KD, as well as head coach Steve Kerr leading the West squad.

It’s no surprise the lockers for Durant and Westbrook were far apart as seen here.

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