By Reinis Lacis (@LamarMatic)
The DeMarcus Cousins trade between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Sacramento Kings from this recent All-Star break was of such magnitude that it is likely to go down in NBA history as one of the most fascinating pre-trade deadline transactions ever.
It has more than enough ingredients to make it an intriguing move. An All-NBA player was traded. Two franchises threw in their chips to significantly change their course for the near future. A team owner’s irrational love for an unproven player reportedly forced the hand of said team’s GM to accept a lesser offer.
You can go on and on.
Yet what sticks out about the transaction is the creation of the outdated Twin Towers model. Two centers in DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis are paired together decades after Hakeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson or David Robinson and Tim Duncan reached their success. (For the record, Manute Bol and Ralph Sampson are the best Twin Towers duo ever. Long live Don Nelson!):