Even Vlade Divac was saying they turned down a better offer a couple days earlier.
Moving an imperfect but still valued asset like Cousins should have put Sacramento farther along on its new path.
They’ve got to get Cousins to sign a contract extension next summer to stay in NOLA. Before that they’ve also got to get Cousins to act like a grown-up.
The track record says they’re playing with fire that could down the house.
Said it then, and stand by it now: The longer you hold onto Cousins, the less you get for him in a trade, especially when he gets closer to the end of his contract.
Any potential team had to weigh his antics and also whether to pay him $175 million.
Buddy Hield could be a good role player in time, but doesn’t have a very high ceiling, and the first round pick will get worse with every game that Cousins helps the Pelicans win.
That’s what you get when teams are scared to bring a personality like Cousins into their locker room and it’s hard to call him a true star in this league when he’s been unable to elevate the team around him.
The dysfunction and instability of the Kings’ organization certainly affected their best player’s trade value.
Would he have a better reputation if he played two more years under coach Mike Malone or if the team surrounded him with the right veterans? It’s going to be incredibly fascinating to see how the Kings and Cousins each perform now that they’ve been separated from each other.
They waive the whit flag on DeMarcus and used this deal as a conduit to that end.
Now why is that? The Kings share much responsibility for Cousin’s reputation.
I don’t fault the Kings for wanting to change their culture or the direction of their franchise.
I think if they were going to move Boogie, they could have done better, and they probably should have done better.
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