"King" of Sacramento Traded to Pelicans
On Monday, February 20, 2017, DeMarcus Cousins, former Sacramento Kings center, gave his goodbye speech to the media and fans after being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. According to espn.com, Cousins told them, "My love for this city has never changed."
Just two weeks ago announced to be off the market this move was made. The King’s General Manager, Vlade Divac, said Cousins “did great things here in the community and for this team…But, on the second hand, I have to do my job, and I felt this was the best time to move forward and make a change.”
Cousins is a three time all-star center, and this season he averaged 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. But with the good there is bad: he has an attitude problem, and he often let it get the best of him. For example, he recently served a one-game suspension after his 17th technical foul, and he will also have to serve suspensions for every technical foul he gets for the rest of the year.
According to espn.com the New Orleans Pelicans offered a five year $179 million dollar contract in June. If Cousins had stayed in Sacramento he may have received a $209 million dollars extension, but it wasn’t guaranteed. He is now expected to arrive in New Orleans on Tuesday.