DeMarcus Cousins: Vlade Divac & The Owner Trading Me Was ‘A Coward Move’


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Immediately after the 2017 All-Star Game ended, the Sacramento Kings shocked the sports world by trading star DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield and draft picks.

Cousins has come to grips with his new home in New Orleans, but he is still salty about the way the Kings treated him before they traded him away.

Just a week prior, Cousins says Kings general manager Vlade Divac told him to his face that they wouldn’t be trading him at all. Even owner Vivek Ranadive was asking him about potential personnel moves to better the team just a couple days before trading him away.

“The sick part about it is that Vlade came in my house with my agent,” Cousins told The Undefeated’s Marc J. Spears after losing his Pelicans debut Thursday night. “We sat in my theater and just talked. That was maybe three weeks ago. We sat there and (he) told me what moves he wanted to make. All of that. I just didn’t understand.

“I got a text from the owner right before I went to All-Star. He was asking me about a player, how I felt about him and making a move. The owner! When it happened, I was just in shock. I didn’t understand.”

Cousins has no interest in speaking to either one of them now or in the future.

“For what? It was a coward move, so I’m pretty sure I will get a coward response,” he told Spears. “For what? And I’ve seen this happen before. I’ve been there through all same types … I was there with (coach) Mike Malone’s (firing). I’ve seen how they operate. I know what kind of answer I will get anyway. So, what is the point?”

“It’s bigger than basketball. It’s bigger than the Kings organization,” he said. “The relationships I built out there, I’m more hurt by that. Being away from those relationships and the community, I’m more hurt by that because of the dishonesty and all that s— with the organization.”

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