Plenty of things seemed odd about the Sacramento Kings decision to trade DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. One of them is that the Kings sit a game ahead of the Pelicans in the Western Conference playoff race. Why were they selling to a team below them in the standings? Why didn’t the Kings try to team Cousins up with a fellow University of Kentucky star, Anthony Davis, in Sacramento?
According to Davis, any conversation (real or otherwise) along those lines was a non-starter.
When asked about DeMarcus Cousins trying to convince him to come to Kings, Pelicans star Anthony Davis said: "I wasn't going to Sacramento."
— Marc J. Spears (@MarcJSpears) February 22, 2017
That’s not something that any Kings fan wants to hear. It doesn’t exactly bode well for Sacramento’s future as it relates to attracting big stars (this doesn’t help, either).
Starting the unofficial second half of the season, both teams are out of playoff position. The Kings are 1.5 games behind the Denver Nuggets, who currently occupy the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Portland Trail Blazers are one-half game behind Sacramento, and New Orleans is another half game behind Portland.
So, even with their new star, the Pelicans have some work to do if they’re going to make the playoffs.