Kings try to justify the Cousins trade.
The Sacramento Kings traded away their All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins last night in exchange for 23-year old Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield, among other role players and a couple of draft picks.
It's clear the Kings highly value Hield if they were willing to center a trade for Cousins around him, but today we found out just how highly they think of him.
According to Baxter Holmes, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive thinks Buddy Hield has Steph Curry potential and his fixation with that prospect was a key driver in the deal.
Hield certainly has potential but comparing the guy to Steph in order to justify a trade that has the Kings fanbase irate just isn't fair. Especially when Boogie has actually made more three pointers than Hield so far this season.
Source familiar w/ Kings’ thinking: "Vivek thinks Buddy [Hield] has Steph Curry potential.” Am told that fixation was a key driver in deal.— Baxter Holmes (@BaxterHolmes) February 20, 2017
Quick note: DeMarcus Cousins has hit six more 3-pointers than Buddy Hield this season.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) February 20, 2017
As a reminder, this isn't the first time Vivek has tried to compare a new player to Steph.
Here's what he said about Nik Stauskas before drafting him 8th overall in the 2014 draft.
"He shoots like Steph and he's big like Klay." - @Vivek— Sacramento Kings (@SacramentoKings) June 28, 2014