DeMarcus Cousins left the New Orleans Pelicans for the Golden State Warriors in free agency, in part, because his former franchise didn't offer him the kind of contract he was seeking. There are conflicting reports about how much New Orleans was offering him - or if the Pelicans actually offered him anything - but, clearly, the All-Star big man was not happy with whatever happened contract talks-wise.
The All-NBA center has confirmed this with a not-so-subtle Instagram post this afternoon. He took to Instagram to thank the city of New Orleans and the Pelicans fans.
Nowhere in the post does he mention the Pelicans' organization.
"To the CITY and FANS of Nola, Thank you!" he wrote.
This is not hard to dissect, as ESPN NBA writer Mason Ginsberg points out.
NBA insider David Aldridge had more on the Cousins-Pelicans situation earlier this afternoon:
"A league source says New Orleans did make a two-year offer to Cousins after he suffered his season-ending Achilles' injury -- but the offer came at the end of the Pels' season, not this past weekend," he reports.
"My guess: Pels' offer was lower than what an All-Star like Boogie would get or accept under normal conditions. But New Orleans wouldn't spend big $ on him for '18-19 if he was going to miss a lot of time. Golden State can wait 2-3 months for Cousins; still be a top team in the West; New Orleans can't."
Regardless of what actually happen, Cousins is a member of the Golden State Warriors now. And the rest of the NBA and its fans will just have to deal with it.