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DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans: Twitter Reacts to Trade Involving Buddy Hield

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO, CA - FEBRUARY 12: DeMarcus Cousins #15 of the Sacramento Kings faces off against Anthony Davis #23 of the New Orleans Pelicans on February 12, 2017 at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. 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 Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Rocky Widner/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The New Orleans Pelicans flipped the NBA on its axis late Sunday night when they agreed to a deal for Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski

The deal—which was agreed upon shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 All-Star Game in New Orleans—will reportedly send Tyreke Evans, Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and 2017 second-round pick to the Kings. 

Combine Cousins' stature as a three-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA selection and one of the NBA's most dominant big men with the underwhelming return the Kings received in the blockbuster, and Twitter erupted.

On the heels of the breaking news, Cousins' manager, Andrew Rogers, posted a picture from the tarmac in New Orleans: 

Andrew Rogers @Andrew_Rogers_

We don't even know where to go... https://t.co/NV1ySfJvun

The Ringer's Bill Simmons was among the first to chime in with his thoughts on the controversial trade: 

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

Boogie and AD is fascinating on paper - I love that trade for New Orleans, they could always flip Boogie this summer if it doesn't work.

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons

Feels like there's more to this Boogie trade - Kings moved abruptly and got 40 cents on dollar. I bet something happened behind the scenes.

Meanwhile, FiveThirtyEight's Chris Herring expressed sympathy for Kings fans everywhere: 

Chris Herring @Herring_NBA

If you have friends who are Kings fans, hug them. Can't believe that's all Sac got in a trade for a player of Boogie's caliber.

And considering the Kings have had trouble developing young talent, it was a surprise they doubled down on rebuilding around a player like Hield, as the Washington Post's Tim Bontemps pointed out: 

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps

Sacramento has gone through Jimmer Fredette, Ben McLemore, Nik Stauskas the past several years. Now they've traded Cousins for Buddy Hield.

Then there was HoopsHype's Alex Kennedy, who provided a single image to sum the reaction up: 

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA

Kings players returning after All-Star Weekend like... https://t.co/7kZUweL8BC

However, Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear offered a different perspective: 

Grant Napear @GrantNapearshow

24,22,28,28,29,33 and 24 this season. That's the # of wins with Cousins! It was time to move into another direction! Period!

Grant Napear @GrantNapearshow

And here's maybe the most important thing. Most of Cousin's teammates the past 7 years hated playing with him! That is a fact!

Here's a look at the best of the rest: 

devin kharpertian @uuords

The Nuggets got more first-round picks for Timofey Mozgov than the Kings got for DeMarcus Cousins.

Michael Levin @Michael_Levin

this is a ridiculous thought but the Pelicans are gunning for that 8-seed and I have no idea how GSW covers Boogie and AD

Kevin O'Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

If the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins last summer or the summer before like they should've they wouldn't have been forced to settle for this.

Arman Singh Walia @ArmanWalia

this why i love wikipedia https://t.co/2EjTS5dChc

Joon Lee @iamjoonlee

https://t.co/3Lmqiuscbg

Dan Woike @DanWoikeSports

Me to a NBA front office guy - "I don't get the Kings." NBA front office guy - "No one does."

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA

https://t.co/outsSA18Aw

Now wielding arguably the NBA's two best big men, the Pelicans are in position to morph into formidable challengers in the Western Conference if they can string together a late-season run and clinch a postseason berth. 

That won't be easy considering head coach Alvin Gentry will have to adjust on the fly, but the Pelicans are unquestionably primed to evolve into one of the league's more compelling teams as the regular season winds down. 

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