Shortly after the Kings drafted Georgios Papagiannis at No. 13, DeMarcus Cousins tweeted: Ian Begley of ESPN: Cousins is right. It does sound ridiculous. But sometimes ridiculous things are true.
Andrew Nicholson just had a career year. He stopped taking so many inefficient long 2s, moving his shot selection beyond the arc. The power forward made 41 3-pointers (as many as he made in his first three seasons combined) and shot 36% on 3s. He hit the glass harder. The Magic allowed 7.6 fewer points per 100 possessions with him on the floor than off. Yet, Orlando seems ready to move on. Nicholson fell from the rotation, and the Magic tried to trade him before the deadline. Now comes the surest sign Nicholson will exit Orlando. Zach Lowe of ESPN: Nicholson – the No. 19 pick in the 2012 draft – would’ve received a qualifying offer worth $3,394,726. He might not get that on the open market –