DeMarcus Cousins: Trade and It’s Impact
We’ve seen the last of DeMarcus Cousins in a Sacramento Kings uniform. Just hours after his agent confirmed he wasn’t leaving the Kings, it was announced that he was being shipped to the New Orleans Pelicans. This is one of the bigger trades in recent memory, as DeMarcus is one of the top players in the league, and his game is still rounding into form.
This trade now gives the Pelicans one of the best, if not the best, front court in all of the NBA. Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins is a dream combination, and they have an underrated point guard in Jrue Holiday to tie it all together. They don’t have a ton of depth, but they do have more underrated pieces in Solomon Hill and Tim Frazier, not to mention the oft injured Dante Cunningham and E’Twaun Moore.
I’m going to breakdown our overview of this deal into four sections: Anthony Davis/DeMarcus Cousins, Jrue Holiday, Darren Collison and Everyone Else.
Anthony Davis/DeMarcus Cousins
This is probably the biggest issue of all of them. Cousins had an ADP of 7th, while Davis came right behind him at 8th. This is now the highest paired duo in terms of ADP, other than Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant, who came in third and fourth respectively. Currently, Cousins has the fourth most fantasy points this year, and Davis is right behind him at fifth, while Durant is at six and Curry at 8.
The point that I’m getting at is that they are going to cannibalize each other – somewhat. It would be crazy to say that Durant and Curry didn’t eat into Klay Thompson’s production, but they also did to each other. Has it been so much that you’re really that upset that you picked them where you did? I would hardly say so. If anything, you took them there because of the constant trade rumors around Cousins, and the fact that Anthony Davis gets himself hurt a lot.
If anything, now the Pelicans have a great insurance if Davis were to get hurt. Cousins gets another stud player to work with in Davis, and he gets an excellent point guard in Jrue Holiday.
Overall, I would say there is a minimal effect on either Anthony Davis or DeMarcus Cousins.
There had been points coming into the All-Star Break where Holiday was outplaying Davis. I really don’t see the dynamic involving him change too much, except perhaps you may see his point totals some nights fall, but I would expect that both his assist totals and surprisingly his rebounding totals rise a bit. I think that having two big bodies in the paint, as well as capable of guarding the wings for more versatile players, will result in a decline in shot selection by the opposing team, leading to more missed shots and thus rebounds.
There is really nothing negative to say about Holiday. He was drafted around 117th because of an injury that took him out at the end of the last season. Many people were taking him and using him as a stash, which turned out to be a great strategy. The bottom line is that he’s going to return top 70 value by the end of the season, with the ability to crack the top 50 if he keeps playing at a high level.
Collison would certainly appear to be the guy to benefit the most with Cousins gone. He’s been playing well with Ty Lawson out, but I’m afraid I don’t count myself as a believer that he’s one of the guys that really ends up winning.
First, his performance prior to Ty Lawson going down wasn’t exactly inspiring. Lawson was the guy they wanted in crunch time, and Collison did alright, but certainly nothing that inspired confidence that you needed to make a move for him in your fantasy leagues. Of the two, and with Lawson being available in many leagues, that is the route I’m going.
On top of that, look at everyone who came over in the deal: Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield and Langston Galloway. Even if one of those guys gets waived, and the rumor is that it will be either Galloway or Barnes, that’s two more guys who will reduce his minutes, especially Tyreke Evans.
Nah, I’m going to pass on buying high on Collison hoping for more.
Do you know how you can tell that the Kings didn’t know what they were doing? Well, the real answer is that you are breathing, but the bigger answer is that Terrence Jones wasn’t included in the deal. He’s a constant performer, yet despite trading away Cousins, the team didn’t attempt to grab Jones in return. At that point, he would have been a must, but if he stays on the team, he’s going to make a great sixth man.
One of the owners of the Kings said he sees Stephen Curry type potential in Buddy Hield. This is another way you can tell that the Kings don’t have any idea what is happening around him. While he could certainly become a nice shooter, that’s beyond stupid to say. Langston Galloway appears to be in danger of being waived, but if he is a team like the Cavs, Spurs or Warriors will likely grab him because he’s a quality player that can be used in their playoff pushes.
Omri Casspi will give the bench depth in New Orleans, though I don’t think he’s going to be a major factor in things. Matt Barnes might or might not already be waived, as I keep seeing conflicting stories. I am seeing far more of the waived variety, so I’m not going to be shocked to see him latch on with a decent team.
Tyreke Evans is possibly the most interesting of all of these players, as we’ve seen him put up some really big games in the past. He’s going to steal some minutes from a variety of players, and if he’s available, he’s someone that I would want to grab for my year long team.
There you have it. The biggest trade of the year in the NBA is done, and that’s our take on how things will shake out.