Kings agree to trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

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Shortly after the Western Conference won the All-Star Game in New Orleans, DeMarcus Cousins found out he was being traded to the city in which he was already.
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NEW ORLEANS — In a blockbuster deal that came with dramatic timing, the New Orleans Pelicans landed DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi from the Sacramento Kings Sunday for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a first and second round pick in 2017, according to a person familiar with the trade.

The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on condition of anonymity because the trade has not been announced.

And with that, the Kings made a shocking pick on their future as they neared a free agency fork in the road this summer.

For months, the notion of Cousins eventually signing a five-year, $207 million deal as the Kings’ ‘designated player’ this summer was widely considered a foregone conclusion.

Even with the struggles of the past six-plus seasons, with the Kings having never won more than…

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