This Cousins Trade
Bad for the Kings: Cousins is a franchise player. The fans come out to see him put up big numbers and even get behind him while he is temperamental. The Kings owners have always been about big dunks, fast paced games, and filling up the stands. Losing Cousins kills this. I don't believe that they are suddenly building a new franchise. But if so, Cousins AVERAGES a double-double with 30 points and can throw the assist when playing against good interior coverage. He is not a shot blocker but his presence alters the way opponents run offense. Why not try again to build it around him.
The more I hear about the Kings ownership the more awful I think they are. For instance, there is a lot of history and background covered here
. The way it happened, so close to the deadline, it was almost as if the Kings management felt Cousins like a cancer that couldn't wait to be cut out.
It can really only be put down to idiocy by the Kings. Either (a) not seeing Cousins' value or (b) conducting yourself in such a way that you poison your relationship with Cousins, a man who definitely needs to be finessed and respected. Either way, this is terrible, stupid and awful.
Good for the Pelicans: They get those numbers. They still have nobody else of value on the team except Jrue Holiday, but this is a great start. Next season, pending careful handling of trading and drafting in the off season, expect them to be well over .500 and definitely right up in there at the top four. You could even think about staggering Cousins and AD so that you have a go-to, clutch, big-man playmaker on the court for the majority of the game.