This is How the Sacramento Kings Responded to the Demarcus Cousins Trade
By Brandon Simmons
Last night’s uproar in the NBA did not surround the All-Star game’s high scoring yawnfest; instead, people were buzzing about the trade that sent center Demarcus Cousins from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. It was a trade that made a lot of noise but possibly for all the wrong reasons. NBA Insiders and analysts suggest that the deal was nothing more than a one-sided affair. The Kings sent Cousins and center Omri Casspri to the Pelicans for guards Buddy Hield ,Tyreke Evans, Lance Galloway and a 2017 1st round pick. In a statement released earlier today, general manager Vlade Divac said that the trade was done to “change” the course of the organization into the “right direction”:
“Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in a decade, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward. We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him all the best in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the world and we are all committed to building a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud.”
It’s not a bad defense, since the Kings have been struggling since drafting Cousins and even before that. Their last playoff appearance was in 2006, when they lost in the 1st round. Four years later, Demarcus was drafted as the number 5 overall pick and ironically, current Miami Heat Center Hassan Whiteside was also picked up by Sacramento in the 2nd that year; but that did not even work considering they also added current Boston Celtic star Isiah Thomas a year later.
So the fact they gave up Cousins, might not be a surprise but shockwaves were sent for who the players they received in exchange. Evans was the number 4 overall pick with Sacramento in 2009, where he won Rookie of the Year and played for 4 seasons. In 2013 he was traded to the Pelicans but was suffering from injuries the last 2 seasons. Hield was drafted by the Pelicans as a number 6 overall pick in the 2016 draft, but not really having a stellar season. However, his new owner seems to think that he could become a different player soon. A source within the Kings’ organization told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes that owner Vivek Ranadive thinks he will be the next Steph Curry.
It seems Sacramento is well on their way to rebuilding and has quite a few young players to get them started. They probably did not feel confident about their playoff chances (9th in the West right now) or having Cousins re-sign with them this Summer, so it was better to get him out of town now for something rather than just let him leave. Granted, the middle-of-rookie season Buddy Hield might not garner as much excitement as pre-draft Buddy Hield for any potential trades, but it might get you some future draft picks. As for New Orleans, they are 2 games out of the 8th spot in the West for right now, but landing a lottery pick could be so beneficial to their future, as they have 2 of the best big men in the game right now. Cousins and Pelicans center Andrew Davis could be detrimental to opponents on both ends of the court in the post area.
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