Boogie on the Move

Fun Fact of the Day: The Sacramento Kings are known for trading away their young talented players. They have picked in the Top 10 of the NBA draft each year since 2010.  Only 2 of those 7 original players remain: Ben McLemore and Willie Cauley-Stein.


Today’s Rundown

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All-Star Weekend.  If you didn’t catch all the All-Star action happening in New Orleans, don’t worry, you didn’t miss much. Most of the events were pretty anticlimactic. Here are the highlights:

  • Skills Challenge. This year, big men proved that they have skillz too! N.Y. Knicks star Kristaps Porzingis won the challenge, showing why he’s called “The Unicorn.” (Psst—it’s because his combination of size, speed, and skills don’t come along everyday).

Spotlight on the Boogie Trade

Late Sunday night, the Sacramento Kings made waves when they announced that they were trading away big man DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans in a 5-player deal.

Why was it so shocking?  The best player the Pelicans had to give up was rookie Buddy Hield. You may remember Hield as one of the biggest stars in college basketball last year, when his sharpshooting led Oklahoma all the way to the Final Four. But in the NBA his performance has been inconsistent. Meanwhile Boogie is one of the best centers in the league, so everyone was surprised by how little the Kings got in return for him. The trade has already been criticized as one of the 5 worst deals of all time.

     Even Kings GM Vlade Divac basically admitted that this deal sucked, because he said that he had a better deal 2 days ago, but it was pulled off the table. He completed this trade because he was scared the offers would only get worse closer to the trade deadline on Thursday.

So why did the Kings do it?  The Kings insist that Hield has a lot of potential and could be the next Steph Curry, but it’s more likely they just wanted to dump Boogie. Even though Boogie’s an incredible basketball player, he’s known for being a hothead and tough to get along with. This year he’s already collected 17 technical fouls and now he faces automatic suspension if he receives any additional techs. The Kings’ press release regarding the trade said that it was “the best direction for the organization” because “culture and character matters.” Ouch.


Seen and Heard

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Alternative facts.  Maybe Cleveland Cavaliers star Kyrie Irving should have stayed at Duke a little longer than one year. Last Friday, he said on a podcast that he believes the Earth is flat. When asked for evidence he said he “know[s] the science” and then said “it’s right in front of our faces. I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us.”