New Orleans Pelicans acquire star DeMarcus Cousins in trade with Sacramento Kings

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW ORLEANS) — The Sacramento Kings agreed to trade star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans according to ESPN.

The Kings receive Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and both a 2017 first- and second-round pick. Swingman Omri Casspi was also traded to the Pelicans.

The first-round pick that Sacramento will acquire is top-three protected in the June draft, ESPN.com has learned, which means New Orleans will give up the pick if it lands outside of the top three.

ESPN reports the deal is likely to be submitted for league approval Monday. The move also comes before the NBA’s trade deadline, which is Thursday at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.

The Pelicans are confident they will be able to sign Cousins, who becomes a free agent in 2018, to an extension to keep him with the franchise long term, according to ESPN.

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