After being traded from the Sacramento Kings on the night of the NBA All-Star Game, superstar center DeMarcus Cousins is set to face his former team for the first time.
In the middle of his seventh season, three-time all-star DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans. The transaction came as a bit of a surprise because the vice president of basketball operations and general manager Vlade Divac claimed that Cousins wasn’t going to be dealt.
As you could expect, Divac received tons of backlash following the move, but at the end of the day, it was something that needed to be done. Sure, Divac maybe should’ve demanded more. After all, Cousins is widely recognized as the best center in the world.
On the season, Cousins averages 26.8 points, 10.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. At first thought, many thought to pair him with Anthony Davis would’ve been unfair, but the team hasn’t improved drastically. New Orleans is currently on the outside looking in as far as the playoffs are concerned.
Yes, Cousins and Davis will get their numbers, however, the Pelicans front office has to fill out that roster. Their perimeter play and bench production must improve for them to be looked at a legit contender in the rigid western conference.
With that being said, Cousins was asked numerous times about his former team today as he prepares to face the Kings for the first time tomorrow. Unfortunately for reporters, Cousins didn’t give much.
Despite being able to control his emotions on the court at times, Cousins is very media savvy, to say the least. Cousins is well aware of how the media wanted him to give them something hot to run with, but he was too wise for that.
The matchup between the Pelicans and Kings is set to tip-off at 8 eastern time tomorrow night.