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"There's no place like home". As I feared prior to the All-Star break, the Kings essentially gave Omri Casspi away.

Cauley-Stein figures to get a heavy share of the 34 minutes per game the Kings must replace with Cousins is gone.

DeMarcus Cousins fought back tears while delivering an emotional farewell speech at a gathering one day after the Sacramento Kings dealt him to the New Orleans Pelicans in the first blockbuster trade of the season.

"Words can't even express how hard it is for me to have to leave the city of Sacramento and all of the wonderful people that I have met while out here", DeMarcus Cousins wrote in an Instagram post. "My concern is coming in and helping build a winning culture". Then throw in guard Jrue Holiday, which makes the Pelicans one of just eight teams in the league with three players who have played in at least one all-star game. We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him all the best in New Orleans.

"And that doesn't mean that Vlade didn't make the decisions within the trade that they made with Philadelphia, but putting Vlade in that position when he wasn't ready for it - and I think everybody, including Vlade would agree - led to this".

The NBA Center found himself in the midst of an extremely unexpected trade on February 19 when the Sacramento Kings, whom he had been playing for since he was drafted in 2010, traded him to the New Orleans Pelicans. Each and every one of you have played such an important part in my life and helping me become the person I am today.

The National Basketball Association is now in shock after the New Orleans Pelicans made a blockbuster trade with the Sacramento Kings to bring star DeMarcus Cousins to the Big Easy.

It's good that the Lakers are sticking to their guns if they truly believe Ingram will be a superstar, but if he ends up a bust - or even mediocre - this could become one of the great "what ifs" in National Basketball Association history.

Are Langston Galloway, Terrence Jones, Darren Collison, Jahlil Okafor potential pick-ups? He never got a real opportunity to play for the Kings this season, partly because of injury, partly because he wasn't Matt Barnes, and all of that is ultimately ok, if not super frustrating.

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The vision does not include veteran forward Matt Barnes, who was waived by the team Monday.

"It seemed like I was going to wake up from a dream".

Apparently, DeMarcus Cousins wasn't a big fan of Nik Stauskas.

Orlando Magic GM Rob Hennigan certainly deserves much criticism for the sad state of the franchise and for some of the deals and draft picks that have not panned out. He is known for having a short fuse and racking up technical fouls.

It is safe to say that this trade shook up the league.

"How do we feel?"

"This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success", Demps said. "We've gotten used to this (front-office failure)".

Cousins, like Davis a former collegiate star at Kentucky, is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season.

With Cousins off the team, the chances of that pick conveying into a first-rounder are now minuscule.