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Kings GM On DeMarcus Cousins Trade: ‘I had a better deal 2 days ago’



The Sacramento Kings, aka the NBA’ “clown car”, just keeps finding ways to look even dumber following their trading of superstar DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans in what many panned and thought Sacramento got fleeced.

Just in case you were wondering if the Kings could have gotten a better trade offer for Cousins, something that many believe, general manager Vlade Divac confirmed that they certainly could have, but didn’t.

“When you make a deal you want to get the most. Right now was the best time, and it was the best offer we had,” Divac said Monday.

And how about waiting a bit more, perhaps closer to this week’s NBA trade deadline where they could have put a full court press on interested teams to land more in return for Cousins?

“Most likely we would get less, because I had a better deal two days ago.”

Great move from the NBA’s most incompetent franchise.

New Orleans received Cousins and Omri Casspi from the Kings for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder. Hield, although young, was the main piece that appealed to the Kings, who believe he has quite the ceiling.

“Vivek (Kings’ owner Vivek Ranadive) thinks Buddy has Steph Curry potential,” a source told ESPN’s Baxter Holmes.

“He’s talented guy,” Divac said of Hield. “His work ethic is exactly what we want here.”

“First of all, I love DeMarcus,” Divac said. “I think he did great things here in the community and for this team, and I wish him nothing but the best in New Orleans. But on second hand, I have to do my job, and I felt like this was the best time to move forward and make a change of the culture, moving forward make a better organization in the future.”

Divac emphasized a needed change of culture in Sacramento. The Kings also had to waive Matt Barnes as part of the trade.

“Unfortunately that was a thing we had to do,” Divac said, “but again, we want to have a different culture in the future and try to win the games.”

Anthony DiMoro is the creator of Sports Rants and the CEO of Elite Rank Media. He is a former Contributor for Forbes and the Huffington Post where he covered sports, social media, and SEO. Anthony formerly hosted the 'Forbes SportsMoney Podcast'.