After promising to keep him, Kings have discussed trading DeMarcus Cousins
- Author: Carolyn Briggs Feb 20, 2017,
Feb 20, 2017, 8:08
Cousins and Hield were ironically involved in an exchange last week in which Hield inexplicably struck Cousins in the balls and was ejected from the game.
For the Suns, the news is notable considering Phoenix had previously discussed a Cousins trade with the Kings, according to Arizona Sports 98.7 FM's John Gambadoro.
Cousins is from Mobile, Ala., which isn't too far from New Orleans and he always had a lot of family and friends at games when the Kings were in town. Coach Mike Malone and former general manager Pete D'Alessandro, according to sources, wanted badly to move Cousins. His 37.5 usage percentage is also the busiest Cousins has been during his seven years in the National Basketball Association.
Every year, it seems like we do this song and dance with DeMarcus Cousins.
In the minutes prior to the All-Star Game's tip on Sunday, one Kings source said, "For now, we're staying put".
The Sixers have the right to swap for the Sacramento King's first rounder this year thanks to their trade in July of 2015 when Sam Hinkie fleeced the Kings. They will receive the Pelicans' 2017 first-round pick, as well as a 2017 second-round pick the Pelicans had via Philly.
The deal gives New Orleans two of the league's most talented young big men in Cousins and Anthony Davis, both University of Kentucky products. "I enjoyed the city of New Orleans". In 55 games this season for the Kings, Cousins is averaging 27.8 points, 10.7 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.13 blocks per game.
"It was incredible", Cousins said of the weekend.