Usually in February, there is little news in New Orleans concerning sports in general. Then again, it is Mardi Gras season where anything goes.
The mostly football dominated city of New Orleans was taken back by their little brother after the NBA All-Star game. After hearing that Anthony Davis won the MVP trophy in the game, there was much bigger news that broke seemingly in minutes.
The New Orleans Pelicans made a trade with the Sacramento Kings that brought DeMarcus Cousins to the Crescent City. The move made by General Manager Dell Demps rocked the NBA world overnight. Specifically, the move was bold.
The New Orleans Saints could steal some of that magic the Pelicans pulled off if it’s desirable. General Manager Mickey Loomis has to be a little envious that the little brother in New Orleans has stole the spotlight for a moment at least. There is hype. The move brought rave reviews from the NBA media. Ticket sales are booming.
At the same time, there was risk involved. Demps pulled the trigger though and made it happen. The NBA acquisition of star free agents is surely a much bigger deal, since the number of players on a roster pales in comparison to the NFL. However, there is some similarities in the situation. Both the Pelicans and Saints have not exactly been running the table as of late.
Furthermore, both teams have superstar players that want to win NOW. Comparing the ages of the two and the status of their careers are 100% different. Drew Brees may have a couple of years to realistically play on the same level to get another ring. In contrast, Davis has many of years to develop and win a championship.
Regardless of the differences, there is one thing that the franchises know without hesitation. If we don’t make some BOLD moves quickly, then our superstar could leave town. Who Dat Nation is looking towards management for that same sense of urgency.
Now the verdict on the Pelican’s move will not come quick. Time will tell if the surrendering of draft picks were worth the roll of the dice. In reality, the Saints have to at least throw the dice on the table. The chip count is low at the moment.