Consensus opinion among the “experts” was that the Sacramento Kings got the very short end of the deal that sent the team’s one star player, DeMarcus Cousins, to the New Orleans Pelicans for draft choices and a trio of underachieving shooting guards. Look a little deeper and look at the first games played by the players in their new surroundings, and maybe one should not be so fast to judge.
There had been speculation for a couple of years that the Lakers had serious interest in Boogie and that when he was the subject of real trade talk or when he became a free agent,
they were the team that would be out there making the best offers. As to that actual trade talk this past week, the Lakers, now with Magic Johnson in charge and with Mitch Kupchak gone, not so much. Reports were that Sacramento wanted Brandon Ingram and others, and that the Lakers refused to discuss any deal that included him. For the wrong reasons, this may well have been the right decision. I’m no fan of Ingram’s and I do not think that he will be the player some in the Lakers’ organization (apparently in the Kings’ organization as well) think that he can become, but not making such a deal was the correct move because Continue reading