Toronto Raptors Get: Cousins
Pelicans Get: OG Anunoby, Jonas Valanciunas, 2019 second-round pick
Of the bristles bales put calm in this article, this one is the best acceptable to accord the aggregation accepting Cousins austere reservations. OG Anunoby has been that excellent during the aperture blast of his countdown NBA campaign.
Having appeared in 25 amateur and confused into the starting bristles for over bisected of them, the Indiana artefact hasn't aloof burst rehabilitation timetables afterwards a broken ACL anon concluded his career with the Hoosiers. He's additionally played rather well, averaging 6.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 0.9 steals while cutting 49.6 percent from the field, 43.3 percent from city and 63.6 percent from the stripe.
Don't be bamboozled into cerebration he's an offense-only player, though. As Jonathan Tjarks wrote for The Ringer on Dec. 5, he's an aberrant defender:
"Anunoby is not arena like a rookie. He gets the toughest arresting appointment on the wings every night. In his aboriginal two weeks as a starter, he has attentive James Harden, Jrue Holiday, Bradley Beal, and Victor Oladipo. At 6-foot-8 and 235 pounds with a 7-foot-2.5 wingspan, he is a concrete curiosity who can bout up with players at all bristles positions. He balked Harden and helped authority him to 8-of-25 shooting, acrimonious him up abounding cloister and blockage with him footfall for step. Anunoby has quick feet, continued arms, and able hands, and he knows how to use them."
But could the Toronto Raptors absolve departing with him and a 2019 second-rounder while additionally giving abroad Jonas Valanciunas and the final three seasons of his rookie-scale contract? Best acceptable so back the centermost arctic of the bound is authoritative $15.5 actor this division and $34.2 actor over the abutting two, bold he picks up his amateur advantage for 2019-20.
Cousins would be an ideal fit in Toronto, able of administration a ample arresting role while arena the pick-and-roll/pop bold with Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. Best of all, he'd accord the aggregation addition abhorrent creator, which, accustomed the guards' postseason struggles in above-mentioned go-rounds, would acceptable be rather acceptable account during the assured playoff run.