The Kings' GM took a not-so-subtle shot at DeMarcus Cousins in his statement.
The Sacramento Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans in a stunning move that's since been criticized by the entire NBA world.
Today, former Kings star Vlade Divac, who's now the GM of the franchise, released the following statement about the move.
“It was time for a change and I decided this was the best direction for the organization. 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.”
The bolded statement is causing quite a stir on social media.
Yeah, Cousins clearly had some issues in Sacramento and he wasn't always on his best behavior on the court. And it's OK for the Kings to want to move on (even if they're moving on in a terrible way).
But Divac has publicly stated for weeks - and as recently as minutes before the trade was announced - that Cousins wasn't going to move. Is that a high-character move?
The Kings and Pelicans are set to play in New Orleans on Friday, March 31. Mark your calendars.