Sunday night after the NBA All-Star game, Sacramento center Demarcus Cousins was caught off guard with news that he was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
The disastrous deal made official on Monday, sent the superstar center from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick. Cousins has received a lot of criticism for his temperament and inability to control his anger at times; he currently leads the league in technical fouls with 19.
Many believe this deal to be a very bad decision for Sacramento, but apparently Kings owner, Vivek Ranadive, believes guard Buddy Hield will make up for the loss of Cousins and be able to lead this team. Ranadive believes Hield has potential to become the next Stephen Curry. Yes Steph Curry, NBA champion and two-time reigning MVP. Those are big shoes to fill and a lot of pressure to place on a rookie.
Via NBC Sports:
Hield was an excellent scorer in college, and has the kind of range that makes him a prime candidate for the type of offenses being developed in the modern NBA. But that’s where the reasonable comparisons end for him and Curry. Come on.
For one, Hield is a true shooting guard. No part of his game is crafted to be the primary ball handler at an NBA level. He’s not the passer Stephen Curry is, nor was he even as good at that as Klay Thompson was in college.
It’s OK that the Kings like Hield in a vacuum. Within context it appears they’ve sold themselves on something patently ridiculous. We’ve never seen a player in Curry’s mold before. Hoping an incomparable player somehow matches up with his talent and skill set — and trading away Cousins because of it — is wild.