In what might be the biggest blunder of all time, Vlade Divac and Vivek Ranadive of the Sacramento Kings have agreed to send DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for pennies on the dollar. In a trade that will send the struggling Buddy Hield, the constantly injured Tyreke Evans, the Pelicans 2017 first round pick and a future second-round pick to Sacramento for a top 10 player in DeMarcus Cousins, the Pelicans might have just saved themselves years of being the laughing stock of the NBA by creating what might be the greatest front court in NBA history.
No other front court since Wilt Chamberlain and Tom Meschery in 1962-63 (60.8 ppg) have averaged as many points as the New Orleans lineup will be at combined (55.5 ppg). No two big men on the same team have been as skilled since David Robinson and Tin Duncan played together in 1998-99. And in an era filled with small ball teams, the Pelicans may have the twin tower setup to dominate this era.
DeMarcus Cousins only has a single year on his contract after this season ends, but that shouldn't be a problem. Having two top 10 players makes this team an immediate free agent destination. They can stick with Jrue Holiday at the point this offseason, or they can opt to dump off some salaries to sign a player like Chris Paul in the offseason. This could be the setup for a huge upset in the playoffs this offseason. We all remember how close the Pelicans got to taking multiple games off of the Warriors in 2014-2015 with just Anthony Davis and a bunch of injured guards. So imagine a team with Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, and a healthy Jrue Holiday.
The Pelicans don't have a game until February 23rd against the Houston Rockets, so we'll have to wait a few days to see this dynamic duo play their first game. But that just gives us more time to celebrate and speculate. A starting lineup of Jrue Holiday-E'twaun Moore-Solomon Hill-Anthony Davis-Boogie Cousins can be elite in today's NBA. Obviously, the frontcourt is the best in entire NBA, but it's also important to remember that Jrue Holiday has been playing the best basketball of his career (21-5-8 on 55-42-68 in his last 13 games), E'twaun Moore is shooting 40% from three point land, and Solomon Hill is one of the best wing defenders in the entire NBA. Add into this a bench of Tim Frazier (elite bench playmaker), Dante Cunningham (3 and D), and Terrence Jones (all around big man off the bench), and you have what can be a contender with a couple more pieces.
After being the laughing stock of the NBA for years, Dell Demps may have finally redeemed himself. He turned scraps into a chance for a championship in New Orleans. The Pelicans may finally be out of the dark ages.