It looks like all that talk about DeMarcus Cousins staying in Sacramento for the long-term, which I reported as a “smokescreen” over a week ago, was exactly that. In a shocking move announced on Sunday night the Sacramento Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins, ya’ know that guy that was going to sign that extension to stay in Sac-town, to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder.
The Kings will also send Omri Casspi to New Orleans as part of the deal.
First, congrats to the Pelicans who set out to pair another big man alongside franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis, who stole the show this past All-Star weekend. They had been linked to teams such as the Nets (involving Brook Lopez) and even the Sixers (for Jahlil Okafor) but took advantage of the pure stupidity of the Kings franchise leadership.
For that, a round of applause for landing Cousins and pairing one of the league’s premier big men alongside one of the league’s premier big men. New Orleans will be a force to reckon with from here on out, should Cousins and Davis gel.
And that’s a big “if”.
Now my thrashing of the Kings isn’t because they dealt Cousins in the end, it made sense, especially if the organization was truly done with dealing with their franchise headache and his never-ending antics.
But the way they went about it was pure incompetence and I would even question the haul they got in return as “nothing special”. Sure, they get a slew of draft picks in what is widely considered to be a deep draft, but its’ top 3 protected, so if the Pelicans get some luck in the draft lottery and walk away with any pick between 1-3, well, then this looks worse.
If the Kings were so intent on dealing Cousins, why on Earth wouldn’t they make that public knowledge? We all knew it anyway.
If their defense was that they wanted to avoid the distraction of trade rumors, well the distraction already existed because the rumors, despite the attempts of the Kings and Cousins, simply wouldn’t go away.
By making Cousins publicly available the trade market opens up a bit more. Once the media picked up to story, a story with actual legs, then people start talking. And players start talking. And fans start talking. And front offices start hearing the talk.
Would it have changed the outcome? Maybe. Maybe not.
But I have a particularly hard time believing that the Kings couldn’t have gotten a better deal then what New Orleans gave them. What about what the Celtics could offer?
How about that rumored Phoenix Suns offer that reportedly included the likes of Tj Warren, Alex Len, draft picks and perhaps Brandon Knight? That, on paper, seems far better in comparison to the Pelicans deal.
New Orleans fleeced Sacramento and showed the league and the world just how inept their front office is.
ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported that the Pelicans are confident they will convince Cousins to sign a contract extension to stay in New Orleans in the near future. New Orleans won big and should be doing cartwheels for what this deal could eventually lead to.
But the Kings have a lot of explaining to do to a fan base that has always expected more and gotten far less and it seems that the bad culture that exists in the organization isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
Warriors’ DeMarcus Cousins Says Fans Have Called Him ‘N—-r’, Says He’s Reported it to League
Golden State Warriors big man DeMarcus Cousins is speaking out about how NBA fans treat players, revealing that fans have called him the N-word during games and stating that he had reported the incidents to the league.
Cousins discussed the incidents during an interview with Chris Haynes on the ‘Posted Up’ podcast:
“Oh, I’ve been called n—-r, and it’s crazy because this has happened to me on a few occasions. I reported it to the league, and, you know, I may have said whatever I said back, and I was still punished for it. But obviously it became a bigger issue when it was Russ [Westbrook] and he was still fined for it. I don’t really understand it. We’re the product. We push this league. So, I don’t understand. When does our safety, when does, it become important?”
While Cousins spoke candidly about his experiences, he did not specific which cities in which he heard the racial slurs.
“I don’t really want to, because I’m not really trying to put a label on an entire fan base” Cousins said when discussing which cities he heard the slurs. T”here are ignorant individuals in every city. I’ll just put it like that. [NBA] tells you to ignore it, or whatever the case may be. But how many times am I supposed to ignore that? Me coming from where I come from [Mobile, Alabama]. They lucky all they got was a response.”
While Cousins did not mention any cities or teams, Haynes reported that one city was Sacramento, where Cousins spent the majority of his career playing for the Kings.
Knicks’ Owner James Dolan Bans Heckling Fan
New York Knicks owner James Dolan apparently has some thin skin when it comes to heckling over his horrendous run at the top of the Knicks empire.
That didn’t sit well with Dolan, who called the mad rude and abruptly banned him from attending anymore Knicks games and followed it up by having the man escorted out of the building by security.
NBA Announces Partnership with Puma
The National Basketball Association has officially announced that they have agreed to a multiyear partnership with Puma, who will now be recognized as an official marketing partner of the NBA, according to an official league statement.
“We are thrilled to partner with the NBA to bring PUMA to the next level in our reentry to the basketball market,” Adam Petrick, Global Director of Brand and Marketing at PUMA, said in a statement. “This partnership is a testament to the continued resurgence of PUMA within the basketball industry.”
Per the new agreement, Puma will not be allowed to feature athletes in their respective NBA uniforms and team logos has the brand looks to regain it’s once prominent presence in the NBA.
“PUMA played an important part in the early footwear culture of the NBA,” Dan Rossomondo, NBA Senior Vice President, Media and Business Development, stated.
“As PUMA expands its presence in the basketball market with new player relationships and a new line of basketball sneakers, becoming an official footwear partner of the league was a natural next step to help amplify the brand’s return to the category.”
The NBA has been busy with partnerships as of late. Just last week we reported on their new deal for the NBA G League and Twitch, where Twitch streams will now broadcast NBA G League gameplay, and Twitch streamers will be allowed to participate, via a unique partnership with them.
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