DeMarcus Cousins On Leaving Sacramento: "I Learned From My Mistakes"


Cousins, the centerpiece of the deal, and forward Omri Casspi are heading to the Big Easy in exchange for rookie guard Buddy Hield, swingman Tyreke Evans, guard Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick obtained from the Philadelphia 76ers. Given the Portland Trailblazers' big trade deadline move is Jusuf Nurkic and the Nuggets seem intent on also shipping away Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler by the February 23rd deadline, even a Pelicans team that now lacks depth and has to quickly find a way to get Cousins and fellow star forward Anthony Davis on the same page shouldn't have a problem cracking the top eight. Despite the fact that we've spent the last few years hearing nothing but rumblings about how the Boston Celtics are going to get DeMarcus Cousins - and every other superstar (Hello, Kevin Love!).

"I would go home, just stressed out, pulling my hair out, you know, praying, praying, praying: Just send me some help", Cousins said. Whether or not that resonates with National Basketball Association players who are on the outside looking in remains to be seen, but to me, anyway, Casspi's consistent public advocation for Sacramento started that conversation again.

He's spent the entirety of his young career in Sacramento and though the relationship between the organization is undetermined, Boogie made his feelings clear about the city and the fans. Everything's the same, I'm just not in a Kings uniform anymore. "I'm still gonna go on".

But Cousins would never return from his third NBA All-Star game in New Orleans as a Sacramento King.

The trade matches All-Star big men Cousins and Anthony Davis in New Orleans. Within two days, the Calipari to the Pelicans rumors have already emerged, but I can say with confidence that Cal isn't leaving, at least for the next 3 and a half years.

"And then Sunday night, I'm a Pelican", Cousins said. He only played two minutes for the Western Conference under coach Steve Kerr.

Still, Cousins said he was not averse to trying harder to reign in his emotions - a little. "I think we can both learn from one another".

But after six coaches - Cousins had run-ins with almost every one - and the fact the team had continuously fell short of its goal of reaching the playoffs throughout his career, the team decided now was the best time to trade Cousins. "I compare it to the way it was in 2006 when we signed Drew Brees and got Reggie Bush". No, I'm not saying I believe all that talk about Hield having "Steph Curry potential".

"If you're a Kings fan, you should be absolutely embarrassed by that", he said.

For the Sacramento Kings, this was a bit of a head-scratcher.

In the meantime, how do the Sacramento Kings build around Hield? "That may not be the case but we don't have a whole lot of margin of error right now". As I look back upon my time here, I wouldn't trade it for anything. I'm in a good place. "This is a business, and these type of things happen".