Yesterday, the rich got richer as the Golden State Warriors landed Pelicans Free Agent DeMarcus Cousins with a measly 1yr/$5mil deal. It’s rumored that New Orleans didn’t even offer the All-Star Center a contract and that is why he decided to depart after his short 2 seasons there. According to reports the decision for Cousins came down to Golden State and the Boston Celtics ultimately leading him to land in The Bay with the super team of Durant, Curry, and the rest of the gang.
It came as a surprise to most of the NBA community considering how happy Cousins looked in New Orleans. Him and Davis developed a real bond off the court and despite Boogie going down midseason with an injury to his achilles, the Pelicans clinched the Playoffs and knocked off the 3rd seed Trailblazers in the 1st round. Could they have improved their chemistry on the court if given another season? That’s a question we’ll never know.
Cousins wasn’t the only one to depart the Pelicans this week as Rajon Rondo reached a deal with the Los Angeles Lakers. New Orleans essentially ended up replacing these two with Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle, who are both exceptional players but nonetheless downgrades. Davis entering his 7th season has to wonder if he’ll ever get the supporting cast he needs and deserves in New Orleans. Is he the type to demand a trade? I don’t know him personally enough to tell you that. But from the outside looking in I think it’s very possible and understandable.
Caught up in the Kawhi Leonard fiasco the Sixers may have gotten themselves another star to target. Anthony Davis is practically a fit on every NBA team. The 6’10ft big man could guard the 4 or 5 and has the ability to stretch the floor offensively. Throwing him into a frontcourt with Joel Embiid would be very scary for the rest of the league. Pairing the two together would undoubtedly make Philadelphia the top defensive team in the league and coming off of a 28ppg season, Davis’ offensive contribution would be huge for a Sixers team that lacked go to scorers.
With Davis under contract through 2021 though, the asking price for him compared to Kawhi is going to be drastically more expensive. Right now the Sixers trading assets are pretty apparent. Markelle Fultz and Dario Saric are at the top of everyone’s lists with Simmons and Embiid being so called “untouchables”. Following them is defensive guru Robert Covington and the 2021 1st round pick via MIA. Departing with any of those assets would be crushing but when you think of the return it yields in this scenario, it’s quite understandable.
Below is my proposed trade. It was successfully run through the exquisite NBA Trade Machine with the money side of things working out. At first glance, it seems like a lot. But when you factor in the player that Anthony Davis is and the uncertainty that comes with Fultz and the Draft picks included, it’s a fair deal all around. And after all, Brett Brown said we are star hunting and there’s not a bigger star than AD.
Philadelphia Receives: Anthony Davis
New Orleans Receives: Markelle Fultz, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, PHI 2019 1st, MIA 2021 1st
Potential 2018-19 lineup:
PG Ben Simmons
SG J.J. Redick
SF Zhaire Smith
PF Anthony Davis
C Joel Embiid
[Featured Image: ClutchPoints]
Jordan is the founder of Sports Are Philly and a graduate of Misericordia University.
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