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Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins pauses after being called for a technical foul during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the New Orleans Pelicans in Sacramento, Calif., Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater)

The Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins, and NBA fans responded with their best memes

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The Sacramento Kings traded star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans late Sunday night, two weeks after publicly saying he wasn't available. 

The Kings will give up Cousins and Omri Casspi, while the Pelicans will give up Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and first- and second-round picks in the 2017 draft.

The teams agreed to the deal as the All-Star Game was being played, ESPN reports. Cousins was playing in that game.

Why make this deal?

Cousins was expected to sign a pricey five-year, $209 million contract at the end of the season. Plus, this draft class is expected to be very strong, and if the Kings get worse this year, there's a good chance they'll have two high draft picks, since the teams with the worst records pick near the beginning of the draft.

However, many observers and Kings fans decried the deal, saying the team got ripped off.

Oddly, enough, the All-Star Game was in New Orleans.

During an interview, Cousins seems to be caught off guard, as if learning he was traded.

Cousins will now team up with Anthony Davis in New Orleans, making a formidable duo.

The seemingly lopsided deal capped off a wild weekend in NBA news.

Fans simulated the trade in the NBA 2K17 video game. The AI thought it was a bad deal.

The team's track record with skipping and shipping superstars has come back to haunt them.

Some analysts were suspicious of how lopsided the deal seemed.

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