ESPN’s Brian Windhorst appeared on SportsCenter Monday morning and had a lot of interesting things to say about last night’s DeMarcus Cousins trade.
To kick things off, Windhorst stated that the Sacramento Kings started looking for offers this past Friday and Saturday mornings. The reason the Vlade Divac-led front office acted so quickly was due to the newly ratified Collective Bargaining Agreement, specifically the Designated Player Veteran Extension. Through this new rule, Cousins would have commanded 35% of the cap and a 5-year contract that would have approached a value of $210 million dollars. Simply put, the Kings didn’t believe he was worth spending that amount of money and wanted to avoid the headache on making a decision this summer.
When asked whether highway robbery had occurred, Windhorst pointed to the age-old question: Is DeMarcus Cousins the reason for the Kings losing ways or Sacramento’s dysfunctional decision-making?
“The league has now spoken. The offer they just got and the trade they just made is 50 cents on the dollar. The league is saying we don’t think DeMarcus Cousins is worth it and we don’t want to worry about giving him a major contract extension either.”
Windhorst then went on to describe the New Orleans Pelicans mentality as they entered trade talks with the Kings, which surprisingly didn’t sound all that excited to add the best center in the league.
“I don’t even know if the Pelicans were in love with DeMarcus. I don’t think Dell Demps, their GM, has been coveting him for months. I just think they looked at this offer and said how can we pass it up, it’s on the sale rack.”
Remember, it was reported last night that the Kings had reportedly asked for two future first-round picks but the Pelicans had balked so Sacramento had to settle for a protected 2017 first round pick and Philadelphia’s 2017 second round pick.
Of course, when it comes to describing Cousins’ talent level, there really doesn’t exist an apt comparison.
“I think he is the most talented offensive big man since Shaquille O’Neal. There is almost nobody that you see who comes into the league with his combination of size and skill.”
But, when one factors in Cousin’s makeup and history, things change dramatically, shockingly almost flipping his value entirely upside down for some.
“I’ve had NBA executives tell me that they think DeMarcus Cousins is one of the ten worst players in the league. And they say that with a straight face. And I’ve had executives tell me that they think in a different situation he could be a Hall of Famer.”
What do you guys fall on this trade? Is it a huge risk, necessary risk or is Cousins’ history so overblown that everyone is missing the bigger picture?
Later today, I’ll publish my two cents on this!