The Kings had plenty of reasons to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, starting with the five-year, $209 million extension he would have commanded in the upcoming offseason.
The NBA trade deadline is Thursday. Darren Collison, Arron Afflalo, Kosta Koufos and Ben McLemore also could be dealt as general manager Vlade Divac reshapes the team. On Monday, veteran forward Matt Barnes was waived.
After learning Monday morning the Kings had traded their three-time All-Star to New Orleans for an unproven, high draft pick in rookie Buddy Hield, two players who won’t be here next season and two 2017 draft picks, Kings fans wondered if this was the deal they had dreamed about or a nightmare.
Why, Vlade? “We want to move forward,” the Kings’ GM said Monday, two weeks after publicly saying he wouldn’t trade DeMarcus Cousins.
Of the players Sacramento received, Buddy Hield is the centerpiece. The 23-year-old shooting guard from the Bahamas was drafted sixth overall as a senior out of Oklahoma, and the Kings were said to have coveted him then.
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Despite a huge need at quarterback and Kyle Shanahan’s expertise at the position, don’t be surprised if there are no big splashes at the position and the 49ers take the same sort of measured approach Jim Harbaugh did in his first year as San Francisco’s head coach.
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