Boogie Cousins is headed to The Big Easy after a massive trade, but he’s apparently going to really miss the city of Sacramento.
After spending the entirety of his career playing for the Kings, the 26-year-old power forward will call a new city home. The Kings shipped him to the Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a future first- and second-round draft pick. And although DeMarcus Cousins has been a somewhat controversial figure at times in his NBA career, he showcased a rare softer moment in the aftermath of the trade.
“My love for this city’ll never change,” Cousins said on Monday. “Even though I’m gone, it’ll still be the same. I’m still looking out for these kids, every family in this city maters to me. Every soul in this city matters to me. Everything is still the same, I’m just not in a Kings uniform anymore.”
My friend got transferred to another city because of his job. He had some things to say. Rough to watch. pic.twitter.com/iBRyMf1UP7
— Carmichael Dave (@CarmichaelDave) February 21, 2017
Cousins seems visibly choked up at the thought of leaving the only team he’s ever known. On the other hand, moving to a team that also features a potential future MVP in Anthony Davis will likely be a huge opportunity for Cousins to be something more than the “best player on a bad team,” like he was in Sacramento. The Pelicans, though, are currently in 11th in the Western Conference and are fighting to keep their playoff hopes alive.