Kings, Pelicans agree to DeMarcus Cousins trade, sources say

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The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, ?Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and 2017 second-rounder, sources told ESPN.

The first-round pick is top-three protected, sources said.

The Pelicans say they feel confident they can eventually re-sign Cousins, who is from nearby Mobile, Alabama, to a long-term extension, a league source told ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne.

The Kings have an agreement with the Pelicans to deal DeMarcus Cousins, Sacramento’s supremely talented but temperamental center. Here’s some answers on some key issues surrounding the deal.

Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson was measured in his thoughts about the position and it’s value.

“I think it’s just the way it goes,” Thompson said. “I think whether it’s this year or two years from now or something, there’ll be a year where there’s five of them going in the first round. It’s just cyclical and interesting but it probably doesn’t mean anything philosophically. I don’t think teams are less inclined to take running backs now than they were five years ago.”

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