Mike Giardi talks with Cedric Maxwell and Dan Shaughnessy about DeMarcus Cousins.
Most NBA fans wondered the same question when the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans along with Omri Casspi for Buddy Hield, a top-three-protected 2017 first-round pick, a 2017 second-rounder, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway: “Was that the best they could get for him?”
Thanks to an unnecessarily honest moment from Kings GM Vlade Divac, we’ve got our answer.
Meeting with the press Monday, Divac was asked whether he felt the team could have gotten more for Cousins had they waited until closer to the Feb. 23 trade deadline before making a movie.
“Most likely we would get less,” Divac said, “because I had a better deal two days ago.”
That admission got everyone’s attention.
“Than what you got now?” a reporter asked, to which Divac responded, “Yup.”
Multiple reporters piped up at that point, once again asking for clarification that he had a better deal than the one he eventually took.
“Talk to those agents, what they say,” Divac said. “I don’t want to go into details. I don’t want to discuss about the process. It was a big process for us.”
The Kings have not exactly been celebrated as geniuses since news of Sunday’s DeMarcus Cousins trade broke.
The deal, which sent Buddy Hield, a top-three-protected 2017 first-round pick, a 2017 second-rounder, Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway to Sacramento for Cousins and Omri Casspi, has been widely mocked for how little the Kings fetched for the All-Star center. In handing out trades for the deal, SI gave the Pelicans an A and the Kings an F.
One team that could have easily beaten New Orleans’ offer was the Celtics, who seemingly did not participate in Sunday’s trade talks. On Monday, Isaiah Thomas tweeted his thoughts on the trade:
I don't even think @NBA2K would let that trade happen even with the trade override option off LOL— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) February 20, 2017
Just as good as Thomas’ tweet was the fact that NBA 2K confirmed that it would not allow the trade to happen.