The NBA All Star Game is officially behind us and the trade deadline is just a couple of days away. We’re going to be busy when it comes to basketball, and it already started. Here’s what you need to know to start your day, with the Morning Huddle:
Cousins to Pelicans
The Sacramento Kings traded DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a reportedly top-three protected first round pick for 2017, as well as a second round pick.
According to ESPN, the Pelicans believe they will be able to re-sign Cousins to an extension, but Boogie’s agent told the channel that he would probably decline to sign an extension this summer with a team that traded for him.
So what exactly did New Orleans trade for? Boogie is averaging 27.8 PPG and 10.6 rebounds. But he also has a hot temper, and racked up 19 technical fouls already this season. He’ll be joining big man Anthony Davis, known as either AD or The Brow, who is also averaging 27 PPG and 11.9 rebounds this season.
The internet can’t wait to see AD and Boogie play together, but many are wondering, what was Sacramento thinking?
New teammates to be DeMarcus Cousins & Anthony Davis are the only players to average 20 PPG and 10 RPG in each of the last 4 seasons
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 20, 2017
The Kings can’t be serious. That’s all it took to land Cousins? No team league-wide offered more? Wow…
— Rob (@Rob_27_09) February 20, 2017
Boogie and AD is fascinating on paper – I love that trade for New Orleans, they could always flip Boogie this summer if it doesn’t work.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) February 20, 2017
If you have friends who are Kings fans, hug them. Can’t believe that’s all Sac got in a trade for a player of Boogie’s caliber.
— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) February 20, 2017
Of course the trade news broke right after the All Star Game, so the world of sports did get to enjoy the star studded night before the mayhem began.
The West beat the East 192-182, the highest scoring game in league history, and the fans got to see Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook team up again, it’s as if nothing changed…but everything changed for Anthony Davis. Before the game, AD said he wanted the All Star MVP Award, and boy did he go after it. Davis scored 52 points on 39 shots taken, breaking Wilt Chamberlain’s 1962 record of 42 points scored. Davis also grabbed 10 rebounds and 2 steals.
The 23-year-old had quite a night, and of course to top it all off, he got a new teammate.
Guys used to get a Kia for winning All-Star MVP but now they get Boogie as a teammate.
— Zach Harper (@talkhoops) February 20, 2017
Other notables during the All Star Game: Russell Westbrook scored 41 points and dished out seven assists for the West, while Giannis Antetokounmpo led the East with 30 points.