DeMarcus Cousins Says the Kings Made a ‘Coward Move’

The Sacramento Kings misled their fans, the media and DeMarcus Cousins about their intentions prior to trading him.

The All-Star center was ready to commit to a long-term deal, but he now unexpectedly finds himself playing alongside Anthony Davis in NOLA.

Boogie says Kings owner Vivek Ranadive consulted him just prior to the All-Star break about getting him some additional help.


When did the Kings tell you that you wouldn’t be traded?


DMC: “A week before the trade. The sick part about it is that Vlade came in my house with my agent [Jarinn Akana]. We sat in my theater and just talked. That was maybe three weeks ago. We sat there and [he] told me what moves he wanted to make. All of that. I just didn’t understand. […] I got a text from the owner right before I went to All-Star. He was asking me about a player, how I felt about him and making a move. The owner! When it happened, I was just in shock. I didn’t understand.”


What would have been the correct way for the Kings to tell you about the trade?


DMC: “Like a man. Like a professional. The more those guys talk, the more things come out. It’s just crazy. This ain’t something that happened in a few days. It has been discussed with more than one team. I just don’t understand.”


Is there any part of you that wants to talk to Ranadive or (Vlade) Divac?


DMC: “Nah. For what? It was a coward move, so I’m pretty sure I will get a coward response. For what? And I’ve seen this happen before. I’ve been there through all same types … I was there with [coach] Mike Malone’s [firing]. I’ve seen how they operate. I know what kind of answer I will get anyway. So, what is the point?”

DeMarcus Cousins Tearfully Says Goodbye to Sacramento