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DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis Tried To Recruit Each Other

Feb 22, 2017 6:10 PM

DeMarcus Cousins was introduced as a member of the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday.

"Sunday was a wild day," Cousins said. "Just a lot of mixed emotions. It was very unexpected. I sat in the airport for a minute, and my mind was racing. I didn't know what to think. I've tried to understand the situation.

"Basically what I came to is this is a business. I'm not sour, I'm not mad, I don't have any ill feelings. This is a business. These types of things happen. I'm comfortable with it. I'm in a good place. Like I said, I'm ready to get to work."

Vlade Divac publicly said the Kings wouldn't trade Cousins just a few weeks before dealing him to the Pelicans.

"I haven't talked to anybody," Cousins said. "Vlade, he tried to call after everything was done. But ... it's done."

Cousins is looking forward to partnering with Anthony Davis.

"Got a little fire. Got a little ice," Cousins said of Davis. "We can wreak havoc on this league. Will it happen overnight? Probably not. But the potential is scary."

Davis described Cousins as his "big brother," and someone he depends on.

"I'm more like relaxed and he's more like ... he's DeMarcus," Davis said. "Maybe when he's on the floor, I can get, like, hyped up. Or situations come around that I need to be like, 'All right, calm down.' But it's kind of like what we need. Kind of like a perfect balance."

Cousins and Davis tried to recruit each other the last time they faced off on Feb. 12.

"I was trying to get him on my side. He was trying to get me to New Orleans," Cousins said. "I said, 'We're going to talk; We're going to talk in the summer.'

"I was never going to Sacramento," Davis said.

Said Cousins: "But AD sent me a text like, 'I really want you to come to New Orleans,' and I kind of ignored him because I didn't know how to answer. Then I ran into Dell and this is like, 'What the hell is going on here?' Then, Sunday night, I'm a Pelican. So, I've gotten all of the signs. I guess I wasn't paying attention. But all of the signs were there. And it happened."

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Kings Left Some Teams Wishing They Had Chance To Bid For DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 22, 2017 11:40 AM

The Sacramento Kings perhaps prematurely found a deal for DeMarcus Cousins with the New Orleans Pelicans before they could allow his market to materialize. 

"They had a set number of teams that they sort of reconnected with in the last 72 hours of the deal," said Wojnarowski. "They sort of went back to the list of any team that had ever reached out to them. Teams that who had reached out to them in the past, they reconnected with to see 'will you raise the most recent offer to us, or is there more you want to do, are you interested?'

"Now there were other teams they had talked to in passing, who (said) 'I wish I knew this was going on.'

"They didn't know until we reported it Sunday night that they were this close to a deal. There were a couple of teams who did try to reach out and some who felt at this point the deal was done and didn't reach out, but thought 'okay, Sac already has their deal.'"

Wojnarowski also reported Vlade Divac has been difficult for teams to reach on the phone and that it has been assistant GM Ken Cantenella who has become the Kings' point man for rival teams to contact. During All-Star weekend, Divac was able to meet face-to-face with Dell Demps at the Pelicans' practice facility and Wojnarowski believes that convenience played a role in trade getting done.

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Kings Included Dave Joerger, Entire Basketball Ops On DeMarcus Cousins' Decision

Feb 21, 2017 2:12 PM

Vlade Divac included the entire basketball operations side of the Sacramento Kings, including Dave Joerger, when it came to discussing whether to keep or trade DeMarcus Cousins.

“I wouldn’t do it if I don’t feel comfortable,” Divac said. “Now we have a clear direction (of) what we want to do. I wouldn’t make a deal if I don’t feel comfortable.”

After telling Cousins on Feb. 2nd that he wouldn't be traded, he then picked up his 14th technical foul two days later in an overtime win over the Warriors. Cousins also was fined $25,000 by the NBA for making an inappropriate statement and gesture toward a Warriors' fan in the tunnel.

Cousins then picked up his 15th and 16th technicals against the Bulls and was suspended for the Kings' game against the Celtics that the team actually won without him.

Those series of events helped set in motion their decision to trade Cousins.

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DeMarcus Cousins To Sacramento: Thanks For Dealing With This Knucklehead

Feb 21, 2017 1:55 PM

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to the media on Tuesday before his flight from Sacramento to New Orleans.

Cousins was asked if he regrets anything that happened while with the Sacramento Kings.

"I mean I think everyone does that throughout life, but at the same I don't regret anything," said Cousins. "Everything I've been through has helped me grow as a person. I'm good. I'm in a good place. I learn from my mistakes."

Cousins was also asked about the negative reference about him in the Kings' press release and in media reports.

"I'm okay with it. I kind of expected it. I've seen this before, I'm moving on."

Cousins was finally asked for his message to the fans of Sacramento.

"I have nothing but love for you," said Cousins. "Thank you for all of the memories. Thanks for dealing with this knucklehead for six plus years. I'll see you guys soon."

Cousins never wanted to leave the Kings and figures to receive a warm welcome when he returns to Sacramento.

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Pelicans Removed Extra First In Offer For DeMarcus Cousins, Fearful Of Him Leaving

Feb 21, 2017 11:53 AM

The New Orleans Pelicans initially discussed including an additional future first round pick in their trade offer to the Sacramento Kings for DeMarcus Cousins.

New Orleans ultimately feared Cousins could leave in free agency in 2018 and instead offered their own first round pick this year as well as one they had previously acquired from the Philadelphia 76ers. Cousins' agent publicly warned teams about trading for Cousins in the moments leading up to the acquisition.

The Kings found the market for Cousins to be far more tepid than many might have imagined. While Cousins' talent is universally appreciated, many teams didn't want to deal with him regardless of the cost.

The Orlando Magic declined to give up any young players, while the Los Angeles Lakers didn't have draft picks to offer. The Phoenix Suns had no interest in trading Devin Booker and the Boston Celtics never entered the conversation at all.

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Suns Didn't Want To Break Up Core To Acquire DeMarcus Cousins

Feb 20, 2017 8:35 PM

Ryan McDonough spoke publicly about the Phoenix Suns' interest in DeMarcus Cousins the day after he was traded by the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans.

“We would have traded for him at the right price,” said McDonough. “We didn’t want to break up our young core to get him.”

The Suns could have offered Cousins an opportunity to reunite with his former Kentucky teammate Eric Bledsoe.

Phoenix are owed a number of picks from the Miami Heat along with their own that they could have used to trade for Cousins.

According to a source that spoke with Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer, the Suns offered a package of players and multiple first round picks.

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Vivek Ranadive Believes Buddy Hield Has 'Steph Curry Potential'

Feb 20, 2017 4:05 PM

The Sacramento Kings traded away DeMarcus Cousins in a package with Buddy Hield as the perceived centerpiece.

Vivek Ranadive was extremely high on Hield during the draft process, attending his pro day.

"Vivek thinks Buddy [Hield] has Steph Curry potential,” said a source.

According to Baxter Holmes, Ranadive's fixation on Hield played a big role in driving the trade.

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Kings Had Better Offer For DeMarcus Cousins Fall Through

Feb 20, 2017 3:54 PM

Vlade Divac told the media the Sacramento Kings had a better offer for DeMarcus Cousins than the one they executed with the New Orleans Pelicans but it fell through.

"I don't want to discuss in details about the process," said Divac.

Divac also revealed he went to All-Star weekend in New Orleans with the intent of trading away Cousins.

When asked why the Kings decided to make the trade when they did, Divac replied: "Because we'd probably lose value if we waited."

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DeMarcus Cousins Officially Traded By Kings To Pelicans

Feb 20, 2017 3:19 PM

The Sacramento Kings acquired guards Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and 2017 first and second-round draft selections from the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for forward/center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi.

“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization," said Vlade Divac. “Winning begins with culture and character matters. With the upcoming draft class set to be one of the strongest in a decade, this trade will allow us to build the depth needed for a talented and developing roster moving forward. We thank DeMarcus for his contributions and wish him all the best in New Orleans. The fans in Sacramento are the best in the world and we are all committed to building a team that will continue to make Sacramento proud.”

"We’re thrilled to welcome DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans family,” said Dell Demps.  “This is an exciting time for Pelicans fans as we continue our quest for long-term success. I know our fans are equally excited to welcome DeMarcus and Omri to our great city.

“I want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Benson, Dennis Lauscha and Mickey Loomis for their continued support and providing the resources for us to be successful. I’d also like to thank Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and Buddy Hield for their professionalism and hard work on the court and in the community during their tenure in New Orleans.”

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Kings To Waive Matt Barnes

Feb 20, 2017 12:49 PM

The Sacramento Kings will waive Matt Barnes in order to create enough roster room to execute the DeMarcus Cousins trade.

Barnes agreed to a two-year, $12 million contract with the Kings during the 2016 offseason.

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Pelicans Nearly Dealt For Jahlil Okafor With Similar Offer As Cousins' Trade
The deal between the Pelicans and 76ers fell apart over pick protections.

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Garrett Temple Out 2-3 Weeks With Partially Torn Left Hamstring
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Kings Aspired To Create Big 3 With Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Rudy Gay
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Vivek Ranadive Has Final Say On Roster Moves, 'Unhealthy Fixation On Warriors'
Vivek Ranadive told one source the only decisions he has made have been trading for Rudy Gay in 2013 and refusing to deal DeMarcus Cousins.

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Rudy Gay Likely Suffers Torn Achilles Tendon
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DeMarcus Cousins Intends To Sign $207M Extension With Kings In Offseason
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Matt Barnes Thought Return To Clippers In 2016 Was 'Done Deal'
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