No one in today's NBA can rack up technical fouls as quickly as Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins. It is now official, he is the best of his era.
Boogie got two more techs on Monday night in a game against the Chicago Bulls. One of them was for pushing a Bulls assistant coach. Seriously.
Matt Barnes, who is also known for losing his cool, also got in on the action. It all started after Bulls forward Taj Gibson complained to the refs about a foul:
Those two technicals gave Cousins 16 on the season. And according to Kings Insider James Ham of CSN Bay Area, that puts him in some exclusive company:
Since the 16-technical foul rule was installed before the 2005-06 season, Cousins is the fastest to reach the limit. Dwight Howard was previously the quickest player to a 16-technical suspension, getting his on March 5 of the 2010-11 season.
There are 30 games left on the Kings' schedule, allowing Cousins plenty of time to rack up more technicals. But he has a long way to go if he wants to beat the NBA record for technicals in one season. That belongs to Rasheed Wallace, who once had 41.
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According to a report from ESPN NBA Insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Los Angeles Lakers have acquired Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis in exchange for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and multiple first-round draft picks, including the No. 4 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
The announcement comes less than 48 hours into the NBA offseason, although the rumors and speculation of the deal has been a prominent storyline for months.
The much-anticipated deal gives the Lakers the star they've been trying to pair with LeBron James for some time and gives the Pelicans a young nucleus to build around the presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson.
According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, the Boston Celtics refused to part ways with promising forward Jayson Tatum in a potential trade with New Orleans.
The Celtics had been in the mix for Davis, but with Kyrie Irving likely headed for the exits, Danny Ainge was unwilling to part with his young assets in exchange for the one year remaining on Davis' contract.
Before the Davis domino fell, NBC Sports Washington's Chase Hughes wrote about how a Davis trade could impact Bradley Beal's value.
The Lakers, Knicks and Celtics all appear to want Davis and only one can get him, if he is even traded at all.
If the quest for Davis comes down to those three teams, there will be at least two that lose out.
The Knicks or Celtics now must determine whether trading for Beal is their next-best option behind Davis.
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The Wizards are reportedly preparing to make Raptors president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri a massive offer to run Washington's NBA franchise. And they may have some big-time help recruiting him to D.C.
Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States, is trying to persuade Ujiri to leave the NBA champions to join the Wizards, according to The Athletic's Ethan Strauss.
"I hear Barack Obama's a part of that whole Masai recruitment to D.C.," Strauss said on a recent episode of the "Back To Back" podcast. "I've heard Obama wants Masai in D.C. Obama wants to do something with basketball."
Obama and Ujiri are close friends. Obama was in attendance at Game 2 of the NBA Finals in Toronto, while Ujiri attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2015 when Obama was in office.
The Wizards' potential offer for Ujiri is reportedly for six years, $60 million, and could possibly include an ownership stake in Monumental Sports & Entertainment and other responsibilities within the company, sources have told NBC Sports Washington.
And hey, it doesn't hurt to have the former Commander in Chief making your sales pitch.
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