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How The 76ers Won The Demarcus Cousins Trade

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After the All-Star game concluded, many NBA fans felt like this was one of the most uneventful, boring All-Star Weekends in the league’s history.  Not even two hours later, however, the NBA world shook like an earthquake.

Many fans throughout Sunday’s game were wondering why Demarcus Cousins only played two minutes.  Some reports said he asked to be rested during the game, but many felt that there might be something going on behind the scenes that the public was unaware of.

Looking back on the events of last night, we now realize that this was most likely the moment that Cousins found out that he was traded to the Pelicans.  With a smile on his face, he utters, “I love it here in New Orleans.”

We have yet to see how Cousins and fellow All-Star Anthony Davis fit together on one roster, but they could create the best frontcourt pairing since Tim Duncan and David Robinson.  The Kings, on the other hand, are in a hole that could potentially take years to dig themselves out of.  That’s where the 76ers come in.

Back in 2015, former GM Sam Hinkie traded two European players that the 76ers had the rights to to the Kings in exchange for Nik Stauskas, Carl Landry, Jason Thompson, a 2019 first round pick, and the right to swap draft picks in 2017.  The most notable pieces in the deal were Nik Stauskas and the draft picks/swaps.

The 76ers have been winning more games than anyone expected them to win this year, especially without Ben Simmons.  Many fans, as crazy as this sounds, were getting worried that the team was going to play themselves out of a high draft pick in a year that has some of the best guard prospects in recent memory.  This was especially worrisome because the 76ers’ biggest need is at the guard positions.

Following this trade between the Pelicans and Kings, the 76ers are in a fantastic position to elevate their draft odds while still competing hard on the court.  The Kings roster, as it is built right now, is one of the least talented rosters in the league.  It is difficult to see how the Kings would be able to scrap together more than a few more wins throughout the rest of the season.

The Kings will most likely be a bottom five team with a very good chance to get a top three pick thanks to the way the draft lottery is set up.  If the 76ers do not get a top three pick, but the Kings do, the 76ers have the ability to swap the picks and move into the top three.  This would secure one of the elite guards in the draft for the 76ers to add to already elite talents Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

The luck does not end there for the 76ers either.  If the Kings get the 76ers a top three pick, then one of the other teams at the bottom of the standings would get bumped out.  Right now, the third worst team in the league is the Lakers, who owe the 76ers their first round pick if it is outside of the top three.  If the Kings sneak into the top three and the Lakers are the unlucky team to get knocked out, then the 76ers would have a top three pick and the fourth pick in one of the most loaded drafts to date.

Sure, the Pelicans seem like clear winners on paper following the trade, but realistically they will not beat the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs if they win enough games to get the eight seed.  The 76ers have been building for the future for years, and it is finally paying off in a huge way.

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Kings, NBA Announce Start of Joint Investigation into Allegations Against Luke Walton

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The Sacramento Kings and the NBA have announced that they have started a join investigation into the allegations of sexual assault made by
Kelli Tennant, a former host on Spectrum SportsNet LA, in a civil suit filed against new head coach Luke Walton from alleged incidents back in 2014.

“The Kings and the NBA take these allegations very seriously and will collaborate to conduct a complete and thorough investigation,” the team and league said in a statement.

The Kings’ investigation will be led by Sue Ann Van Dermyden, the founding partner of Sacramento law firm Van Dermyden Maddux, and Jennifer Doughty, a senior associate attorney at the firm, while the league’s investigation will be led by Elizabeth Maringer, the league’s senior vice president and assistant general counsel, integrity and investigations.

Tennant held a news conference earlier this week to comment on the allegations to which Walton’s attorney responded by calling the allegations “baseless” and calling Tennat “an opportunist”.

Walton became the head coach of the Sacramento Kings immediately following his dismissal as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this month.

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Former NBA Player Sebastian Telfair Convicted in Gun Case, Faces 15 Years in Prison

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Former NBA player and once highly touted young prospect Sebastian Telfair has been convicted of possessing a firearm and could face up to 15 years in prison, according to TMZ Sports.

Telfair, 33, was busted back in June 2017 in Brooklyn, New York after cops found several weapons in his possession during a traffic stop.

Telfair, a high school phenom, played for the Boston Celtics, Portland Trail Blazers, Los Angeles Clippers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Oklahoma City Thunder, Toronto Raptors, and Phoenix Suns, among others, throughout his 12 seasons in the NBA, but many believe that he never reached his full potential.

Telfair plead not guilty and tried to fight back the charges, but a jury found him guilty on Wednesday of felony criminal possession of a weapon.

Telfair, who could face up to 15 years in prison, is scheduled back in court in June for sentencing.

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Sports Reporter Suing Kings’ Luke Walton for Sexual Assault Allegations

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Sacramento Kings new head coach Luke Walton is already in the news, but for all the wrong reasons, and he has hired attorney Mark Baute to defend him against the allegations of sexual battery made by sports reporter Kelly Tennant, who is suing Walton.

According to TMZ Sports, Walton and his legal team are blasting the accuser, and Baute issued the following statement;

“Luke Walton retained me to defend him against these baseless allegations,” Baute said. 

“The accuser is an opportunist, not a victim, & her claim is not credible. We intend to prove this in a courtroom.”

According to the suit, Tennant, who worked as a reporter for Spectrum SportsNet and SportsNet LA, claims that while Walton was an assistant coach for the Golden State Warriors, he asked her to come and meet him at the Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, California, to drop off a book she had published.

Tennant says that she asked Walton to write the forward in her book due to a business relationship that the two had had for several years.

Upon arriving at Walton’s hote, he conviced her to come up to his room so that the two could “catch up” and upon arriving in his room Walton pinned her to the bed and placed his hips and legs over her body, forcing kisses on her neck, face, and chest.

Tennant claims that she screamed for him to stop and attempted to break free, but Walton held her down, groped her breasts and groin, and rubbed his erection on her leg.

Tennant claims she was “in shock and fear. She was afraid she was about to be raped,” the suit states. 

Additionally, Tennant claims that when Walton finally stopped and released her he escorted her out of the hotel room as if nothing ever happened and she claims that “He smiled, laughed again and made the disturbing statement, ‘Good to see you,'”

The disturbing behavior allegedly continued while Walton was the head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers back in May 2017, and Tennant claims that Walton once greeted her by uttering “vulgar, guttural sounds at her” and said, “mmmm … you’re killing me in that dress.”

The Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Sacramento Kings all stated that they had no knowledge of the alleged incident during Walton’s tenure.

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