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Monday, February 20, 2017

(2/20/2017 04:21:00 PM) - Al

CORRECTION/BUMP: I guess Cousins is a FA after the 2017-18 campaign, which makes more sense. I could have sworn others said he was a FA this summer, and they probably did, but I should have checked. The Pelicans cannot give him the max contract like the Kings could have, so I guess I misunderstand the complex NBA rules on these things.

I'm not a fan of Cousins and doubt he will bring success to the Pelicans, now or next year. The only way I see them "winning" this deal is if they can trade him over the summer or before next year's deadline for as much or more.

People far smarter than myself are insisting the Kings got robbed, and traded DeMarcus Cousins for far too little. However, as a proud contrarian, I find myself on the other side.

Why?

1. Am I the only one who sees Cousins is a FA after the season? They're not trading an all star, they traded an all star with about 25 games left on his contract, and who will then be a FA.

2. Considering he has less than a third of a single season remaining, a rookie and a couple draft picks is a pretty good haul.

3. SAC loses their 1st round pick this summer...unless it is in the top 10 picks...therefore, the lower they finish, the better odds of that happening. As of today, they would have the 11th pick. Therefore, losing a few games is very likely in their best long term interests. Top 10 picks are very valuable.

4. As of today, SAC is the 9th seed in the west...but even if they get to the 8th spot, they would appear destined to get blown out by GS or SA.

5. Can they really afford to risk losing Cousins for nothing?

6. Finally, is Cousins, a technical foul machine and at best, a selfish player, really the player you want to make the face of your franchise and sign to a 5y/$200M+ deal?

Not really related, but, does New Orleans really think they're getting a lot out of this? They're a game behind SAC, and seemingly have little chance to do anything but sneak in and play the Warriors. Do they think they can sign Cousins long term, and then, immediately not regret signing Cousins long term?


2/20/2017 04:21:00 PM


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