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5-on-5: Pelicans a new West power? What now for Kings?

How did the Kings and Pelicans do in the blockbuster DeMarcus Cousins trade? How will Boogie fit with Anthony Davis? And what does the future look like for both teams? Our NBA Insiders debate.

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Did the Pelicans win the trade with Cousins? (2:23)
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Can Cousins control emotional outbursts in New Orleans? (1:41)
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Should Kings fans rejoice? (2:02)
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Cousins and Davis show off the Pelicans' new frontcourt (0:20)
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Calipari certain both Cousins and Davis want to win (2:26)
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How good can the Pelicans be with Cousins? (1:09)
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Stephen A. says Carmelo is keeping Dolan close (1:44)
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Pierre the Pelican meets Blue Ivy Carter (0:27)
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Will Westbrook continue to give KD icy treatment? (2:04)
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Westbrook has fun with reporters asking about Durant (1:04)
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Westbrook and Durant warm up on opposite ends of the court (0:23)
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Davis happy to win ASG MVP in front of home fans (2:34)
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LeBron denies any rivalry between himself and Curry (0:36)
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Anthony Davis already among the world's best (0:59)
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ESPN Stats and Information  

The Warriors are the only NBA team to be in first place at the All-Star Break in each of the last 3 seasons (2014-15, 2015-16 and 2016-17) @EliasSports

Chris Haynes ESPN Staff Writer 

Another team to keep an eye on in pursuit of Denver forward Wilson Chandler: Houston, league sources tell ESPN.

Ian Begley ESPN Staff Writer 

The return that the Kings got for DeMarcus Cousins (2017 first-round pick, 2017 second-round pick, Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway) should give the Knicks an indication of what they could expect back in a Carmelo Anthony trade. Every situation is different, but Anthony would bring back less in a potential trade than Boogie did, you'd think. Further complicating matters for the Knicks is the fact that Anthony has a no-trade clause.

J.A. Adande @jadande

Just a thought when pondering the Pelicans' spacing with Boogie: Cousins makes 1.7 3P per game this season. Kevin Durant: 1.9

ESPN @espn

ICYMI: DeMarcus Cousins traded to the Pelicans in exchange for 3 players and a future 1st- and 2nd-round pick. es.pn/2m3MnQJ

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Couple of NBA guys I spoke to, however, were surprised at how little Sacramento wound up getting for DeMarcus Cousins. Issue was GM's ultimately scared to make huge financial commitment with him. That obviously included the Kings.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

One NBA GM to ESPN on the Boogie Cousins trade: "It was bad deal. Now New Orleans will pay him close to 200 million. Sacramento just did not want to pay him. Only Vivek wanted him. New Orleans was desperate -- and Sacramento is free!"

Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

Boogie Cousins and Anthony Davis have combined for 17 games this season w at least 30 pts, 15 rebs - rest of NBA has 14 such games combined

Kevin Negandhi @KNegandhiESPN

3 players in the NBA are averaging at least 25 ppg and 10 rpg: -Russell Westbrook -New Teammates Boogie Cousins and Anthony Davis