AUBURN HILLS, MI - JANUARY 23: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings looks on while playing the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills on January 23, 2017 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Sacramento won the game 109-104. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Report: DeMarcus Cousins has been traded in a blockbuster deal


Get ready NBA, the days of two terrifying big men defending the paint are back.

DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly been traded to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield and at least one first-round pick, per Adrian Wojnarowski:

Cousins is arguably one of the top big men in the NBA today, and pairing him with one of the best up-and-coming fellow big men in the league, Anthony Davis, and standout guard Jrue Holiday makes a serious trio in New Orleans.

The move to trade Cousins comes on the heels of the Kings making public proclamations to keep the disgruntled center.


Here's what Yahoo! reported led to eventually trading the center:

"Two incidents in particular - an expletive-laced remark Cousins made about Golden State after Sacramento's overtime win over the Warriors on Feb. 6 and the astonishing 17th technical foul this season, and resulting one-game suspension, against New Orleans on Feb. 12 - have caused Ranadive to have serious concerns about tethering the franchise to Cousins long term."

The days of the small ball NBA may well be gone. Whether Cousins remains in New Orleans following next season, the last on his deal, remains to be seen.