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  • kidballistic

    As a die hard/life long Kentucky fan, this is unbelievable news. The 2 of them have been playing together in summer pickup games in Lexington for years. They know each other very well. The Pelicans are certainly flipping the script and going in the opposite direction as the Warriors in building a team.

  • sjs1890

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    @escot4 said...

    Yeah, I think Collison will actually lose value after this trade. His percentages will drop due to having to take tougher shots, and he’ll probably sit out lots of 4th quarters. There have already been tons of blowouts this year in the NBA, and those always increase after the all-star break when teams decide between tanking and making a playoff run. The Kings will be like last year’s Sixers, only without any hope for the future.

    Ehh the kings may be like the sixers this year but what do we define as “future”. If we define “future” by the ultimate goal which is winning a championship then realistically besides the warriors spurs or cavs no teams have much of a future as its more than likely we see warriors vs cavs in the finals for a while. Kings were going nowhere with cousins and neither will the pelicans.

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    @sjs1890 said...

    Ehh the kings may be like the sixers this year but what do we define as “future”. If we define “future” by the ultimate goal which is winning a championship then realistically besides the warriors spurs or cavs no teams have much of a future as its more than likely we see warriors vs cavs in the finals for a while. Kings were going nowhere with cousins and neither will the pelicans.

    I would say the Celtics have a major future, and with the strong incoming draft class another team could come up if they’re the next to find a Kawhi Leonard or Paul Pierce-like steal at pick 10 or later. I think this year’s class will have a player who slides to the middle of the 1st round and ends up being a star.

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    @billholler said...

    And another thing, was Omri Casspi really the deal breaker?
    I will give you this Ferrari for 3 Toyota Corollas……hmmmmm….throw in that half empty can of grape soda and you have a deal.

    This might be my favorite post ever. From now on in my mind Omri Casspi will be known as “half empty can of grape soda.”

  • superstars92

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    Just wanted to revive this thread to note the Pelicans are undefeated WITHOUT Cousins (3-0, and you could say 4-0 – see note below) since the Cousins trade…and have a losing record with Cousins (5-8). If that’s not enough, the wins without Cousins are BLOWOUTS over the Nuggets (playoff team), Rockets (2nd round playoff team), and Pistons (maybe playoff team)…all 3 wins are by 15+ points, including 25 at Denver in the altitude tonight which is hard to play at (GS lost there earlier). A common opponent would be the Rockets, as they are 0-2 with Cousins and 1-0 without Cousins, which was also a blowout win (the final score was a 16 point win for the Pelicans, but they were up by like 25 near the end of the third). Sure, it’s a small sample size in the 16 games Cousins has been there, but the Pelicans even within games are a net positive with AD and no Cousins and a severe net negative with AD and Cousins playing together…and the minute sample size is big. Also technically, the Pelicans are 4-0 without Cousins (instead of the actual 3-0) and 4-8 with (instead of 5-8) because one of their wins was a win over Charlotte in which Cousins was benched the entire 4th Quarter/OT and AD led a comeback.

    Don’t really see that changing next year. Maybe the Pelicans can somehow convince the Celtics to trade their possible #1 pick for Cousins (especially if they lose in the playoffs to the Cavs), but I doubt that’s happening. Kings didn’t win this trade since they could have gotten a lot more, but either did the Pelicans. Buddy actually has been decent, but clearly Cousins is the most overrated player in the NBA by a long shot. 0 playoff appearances despite having decent teammates too…and now you can see what he’s doing with the Pelicans…or what the Pelicans are doing without him. If I were the Pelicans GM, I would ship Cousins out for even the 4th overall pick in the draft and maybe get a good wing like Josh Jackson.

  • KindGuy

    This is what I said from the beginning and I got called crazy for it.

    He’s trash. He has the worst stamina I’ve ever seen for an NBA player. I knew from the get go this was going to be really bad for the Pelicans and a blessing in disguise for the Kings. People said Boogie carried that franchise for his whole career and he was the victim. Bullshittttttttt.

    We like to throw around the word “cancer” when referring to players. Cousins was definitely one when he was a King. Very selfish and never could see the bigger picture.

    If I’m the Pelicans GM, there is no way in hell Im resigning him. This trade might actually be what shapes people’s view of Cousins for his career… and rightfully so.

    AD, Jrue and the rest of the Pelicans don’t deserve this.

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