DeMarcus Cousins was traded in a five player deal to the New Orleans Pelicans to form the best frontcourt in the league with his former Kentucky teammate Anthony Davis. For Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac it was time to make a move.
“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization,” Kings general manager Vlade Divac said in a statement issued Monday. “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.”
Heading back the Kings is Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-rounder to the Kings. Omri Casspi was also dealt to New Orleans as part of the trade.