Feb 22 (The Sports Xchange) – DeMarcus Cousins didn’t ask to be traded, but he is embracing the opportunity for a fresh start with the New Orleans Pelicans, who introduced their new No. 0 at a press conference Wednesday.

Cousins officially began the next chapter of his career in New Orleans on Wednesday, but he admitted disappointment in “the dishonesty” displayed by the Kings, who earlier said they had no plans to part with him after seven seasons with the team.


“Sunday was a wild day,” Cousins said at the introductory news conference at the Pelicans’ training facility. “Just a lot of mixed emotions. It was very unexpected. I sat in the airport for a minute and my mind was racing. I didn’t know what to think. I’ve tried to understand the situation.”

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The Washington Wizards bolstered their bench on Wednesday by acquiring forward Bojan Bogdanovic from the Brooklyn Nets in a four-player deal.

Washington also picked up forward Chris McCullough in exchange for forward Andrew Nicholson, swingman Marcus Thornton and a 2017 first-round draft pick.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers signed forward Derrick Williams to a second 10-day contract on Wednesday.

Williams, 25, signed his first 10-day contract with the Cavs on Feb. 9 — the fifth team during his six years in the NBA.

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The Phoenix Suns assigned forward Derrick Jones Jr. to the Northern Arizona Suns of the NBA Development League on Wednesday.

This is Jones’ sixth assignment of the season. In 18 games with the D-League affiliate, he is averaging 14.6 points on 49.0 percent shooting and 5.7 rebounds in 32.4 minutes. [/restrict]