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Trade grades: Winners and losers in the DeMarcus Cousins deal

How far can DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis take the Pelicans? What does this blockbuster trade mean for the future of the Kings? Kevin Pelton grades the trade.

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Michael Smith not a fan of Kings' trade of Cousins (1:46)
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Kings GM says team had better offer for Cousins (0:58)
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Trading Cousins is a 'culture change' (3:36)
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Did the Pelicans win the trade with Cousins? (2:23)
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Don't anticipate a KD-Russ reunion (1:34)
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Irving knows Cavs' season is 'far from perfect' (3:19)
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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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Hodges glad athletes are using platform for activism (4:32)
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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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Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

Got a new Russell Westbrook video airing on SportsCenter here in a few minutes. Will be posted tomorrow am on the Interwebs.

ESPN Stats and Information  

Over the last 4 seasons, 23 of the 24 teams in 1st place at the All-Star Break finished the season in 1st place. Only team that didn't was the Hawks, last season. (Via Elias Sports Bureau)

Adam Reisinger ESPN.com 

File this under "only at All-Star Weekend": Celtics coach Brad Stevens and Rev. Jesse Jackson were on the same commercial flight leaving New Orleans to return to Boston today. No word on whether they discussed the Celtics missing out on trading for DeMarcus Cousins.

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Anthony Davis is happy about the Cousins trade. Since Christmas, he's mostly played the Center position, but he's more effective at the 4-spot.

Tom Haberstroh @tomhaberstroh

"Character matters"? Rondo gay slur last year, stayed on team. Signed Lawson after 4 arrests. DCollison suspended 8 gms this yr. But Boogie.