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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? What does the future look like for both teams? Our NBA Insiders debate.

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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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Can Cousins control emotional outbursts in New Orleans? (1:41)
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Should Kings fans rejoice? (2:02)
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Hodges glad athletes are using platform for activism (4:32)
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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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All-Star weekend in NOLA did not disappoint (1:43)
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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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The best moments in All-Star weekend history (4:04)
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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  

DeMarcus Cousins is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game this season. According to Elias, only 2 players in NBA history finished a season in which they played for more than one NBA team averaging at least 25 points and 10 rebounds - Wilt Chamberlain in 1964-65 (Warriors and 76ers) and Bob McAdoo in 1976-77 (Buffalo Braves and Knicks).

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With 23 points last night, LeBron James has scored 314 points in his 13 All-Star Game appearances, the most by any player in All-Star Game history (Kobe Bryant is second with 290 points).

J.A. Adande @jadande

All NBA rules designed to keep stars in place can be subverted if stars take less $ or if team willing to take less in trade 4 stars(Kings)

Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer 

Sources say Mavs' approach to deadline isn't impacted by DeMarcus Cousins deal. The Mavs won't pull the plug on fighting for West's final playoff spot. That doesn't necessarily mean the Mavs won't make a trade, but there will not be a fire sale with Dallas veterans.

Rachel Nichols @Rachel__Nichols

Really was a fantastic All-Star weekend, big 👍🏼 to New Orleans & to the NBA. I'm almost considering asking for a trade to the Pelicans too.

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Russell Westbrook leads the NBA in points scored (1,771). That's the most points scored for any player at the All-Star break since Nate "Tiny" Archibald scored 1,810 points before the break in 1972-73.

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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