Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 18

Wired: Top NBA Pickups Week 18
Wired features some stashes and low-ownership players, including Marquese Chriss, as the All-Star break wreaks havoc on the NBA schedule.
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The Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans, according to Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Kings are expected to get Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a future first-round pick, and a future second-round pick, according to initial reports. This is a stunning move that gives New Orleans an overwhelming frontcourt with Cousins joining All-Star MVP Anthony Davis -- the Pelicans are currently 2.5 games out of the playoff picture, so they could make a late run. Cousins' fantasy value isn't likely to improve in New Orleans, since his usage rate could take a hit, but he's still an elite fantasy option.

DeMarcus Cousins reportedly asked to play limited minutes during Sunday's All-Star game because he was "dinged up."

DMC is healthy and his limitations during Sunday's meaningless game aren't a concern. His owners should be monitoring the swirling trade rumors, however, as the Kings are reportedly "strongly considering" an offer from the Pelicans which would send Cousins to New Orleans in exchange for Buddy Hield and two first-round picks. Plenty of teams will likely get involved in a bidding war, assuming the Kings are open to moving Cousins before the deadline, so this storyline is far from over.
Feb 19 - 11:26 PM

Giannis Antetokounmpo made 14-of-17 shots to finish Sunday's All-Star game with 30 points, six rebounds, three steals, one assist and one block.

In his first All-Star game, the Bucks' star led his team in scoring despite playing just 23 minutes and sitting out down the stretch. He hammered down a put-back dunk over Stephen Curry that will make highlight reels, and generally feasted in a game with zero defense. The Bucks are one game behind Detroit for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and Giannis' production is more important than ever with Jabari Parker (ACL surgery) out for the season.
Feb 19 - 11:22 PM

Russell Westbrook scored 41 points during Sunday's All-Star game, making 16-of-26 shots with seven 3-pointers, seven assists, five rebounds and one steal in 20 minutes of action.

Westbrook has no 'off' switch. He threw down an alley-oop from Kevin Durant in the first quarter, which caused the Western Conference bench to serenade both players during a timeout, and the former teammates were the early focal point of tonight's game. His huge line came in just 20 minutes off the bench tonight, and he would have been the MVP for a third straight year if Anthony Davis hadn't blown up for a record-breaking 52 points.
Feb 19 - 11:19 PM

LeBron James scored 23 points during the East's All-Star game loss on Sunday, making 10-of-17 shots with three rebounds in just 19 minutes of action.

In the process, LeBron became the first player to score at least 300 points in All-Star games during their career. LBJ also passed Kobe Bryant for the most made field goals in All-Star history, and the 32-year-old is sure to pad his totals before his career ends. The East and West combined to score 374 points tonight, a new record, as nobody on the court even attempted to play defense.
Feb 19 - 11:15 PM

Kawhi Leonard didn't play in the second half of Sunday's All-Star game, logging 15 minutes during the West's 192-182 victory.

Leonard finished the defense-free exhibition with four points, two rebounds, two assists and one steal in 15 minutes. He's healthy and there's nothing to worry about here -- if nothing else, he'll be extra rested for Friday's home game vs. the Clippers.
Feb 19 - 11:14 PM

Hometown hero Anthony Davis was named the MVP of Sunday's All-Star game in New Orleans, after scoring an all-time record 52 points on 26-of-39 shooting with 10 rebounds and two steals in 32 minutes.

Davis blew past Wilt Chamberlain's previous record of 42 points, set in the 1961-62 season, and his Western Conference teammates were looking for him in the Pelicans' home arena -- his 39 shots tonight were almost equal to the rest of the West's starting unit. In other news, the Pelicans have been linked to DeMarcus Cousins in trade rumors, per Adrian Wojnarowski, but given New Orleans' limited assets it would be shocking if Cousins joined AD in a superstar frontcourt. Trade rumors should always be viewed with skepticism, and this is no exception.
Feb 19 - 11:06 PM

DeMarcus Cousins' agent Jarinn Akana shot down rumors that the Kings are looking to deal Cousins at the trade deadline.

"We met with Vlade [Divac] and ownership and they assured us and DeMarcus that he's not being traded," said Akana. "As far as we're concerned, nothing has changed." The Kings are reportedly willing to listen to potential godfather offers from other teams, but it seems unlikely that Sacramento will be trading away Boogie at the deadline, particularly with Divac at the helm.
Feb 19 - 6:54 PM
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