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DeMarcus Cousins Traded to the New Orleans Pelicans

The Pelicans just became a dangerous team.

NBA: New Orleans Pelicans at Sacramento Kings Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Shams Charania of The Vertical reports that the Kings will send forward Omri Casspi to the Pelicans as well.

UPDATE No. 2: David Aldridge of TNT reports that the Pelicans will also send the Kings their first round pick in 2019 as part of the deal.

UPDATE No. 3: Bobby Marks of The Vertical reports that the Kings still need to waive or trade additional players to complete the deal.

UPDATE No. 4: Aldridge has corrected his report that originally suggested that the Kings would receive a 2019 draft pick from the Pelicans.

Original story follows:

The New Orleans Pelicans have acquired Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, via trade, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Wojnarowski adds that the trade is centered around rookie guard Buddy Hield and a 2017 first round draft pick, as well as former King Tyreke Evans and a second round draft pick.

Marc Stein of ESPN summarizes the deal as follows, noting the inclusion of Langston Galloway:

Cousins, 26, is averaging a career-high 27.8 points per game in his seventh NBA season—good for fourth highest scoring average in the league, behind Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder (31.1), Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics (29.9), and James Harden of the Houston Rockets (29.2). He has long been coveted by many teams as the best offensive center in the NBA.

Although this is a short-term win for New Orleans, Cousins may not be a piece that the Pelicans can build around in the long haul. He is only under contract through the 2017-18 NBA season, and his agent has stated that he is unlikely to sign a summer extension, according to Stein.

Still, the Pelicans just became a dangerous team in the Western conference. A challenging season had them on track to miss the playoffs entirely, but Cousins is more than a needle mover; he is a game changer. He and Anthony Davis are easily the most talented frontcourt in the league now.

This article will be regularly updated as new information surfaces.