It was treated like a done deal last night by everyone, except the teams involved.

Last night, after the end of the NBA All Star Game (which was in New Orleans), word started to leak out that the New Orleans Pelicans and Sacramento Kings pulled off a blockbuster trade. Media outlets from coast to coast were Tweeting, posting, publishing, and doing live updates about the news...but the teams, and the league, stood silent.

That is, until today. The Louisiana Radio Network as the official details:

"DeMarcus Cousins is officially a New Orleans Pelican. The blockbuster deal with the Sacramento Kings was finalized this afternoon by the NBA. In order to acquire the league’s fourth leading scorer, the Pels had to give up Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and this year’s first and second round draft picks. Kings General Manager Vlade Divac says the Pelicans offer was actually not the best offer they received.

Divac also said that winning begins with culture and character as Cousins does bring some baggage with him to New Orleans."