The Wizards fans have been dreaming of a reunion between DeMarcus Cousins and John Wall in Washington. Despite being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans, it remains a big possibility that “Boogie” would consider teaming up with Wall once he becomes a free agent in 2018.
John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins played together in Kentucky and built a good relationship on and off the court. In the past months, there have been talks about their possible reunion but nothing has materialized since then. Cousins expressed his intention to stay in Sacramento and the Kings felt the same.
However, the Kings made a surprising decision before the trade deadline. After promising to give him an extension this summer, they decided to trade Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans for a package centered on Buddy Hield. Kings owner Vivek Ranadive stood firm with his decision and vowed to step down if he’s wrong. Before the blockbuster trade happened, John Wall admitted having a conversation with DeMarcus Cousins about playing for the Wizards.
“He was just hurt. I feel that with all the tough times he had been through [in Sacramento], he never gave up on the city. There was so much he did for the community. So much that he gave back. He always showed that he wanted to be there whether they were losing bad or not. In six years, he never said he wanted to leave,” Wall said.
Will Boogie to D.C. happen in 2018?
Cousins is under contract with the Pelicans until the 2017-18 NBA season. Jarinn Akana, Cousins’ agent, told ESPN that “Boogie” is unlikely to sign a contract extension with any team that trades for him. This opens up the possibility of the reunion between the two former Kentucky stars.
“I talked to him. He said he would come to D.C., but he didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know he was going to be traded like that. We thought it was going to be later on or he was just going to stay [in Sacramento]. It shocked me just like it shocked him,” Wall said.
When the Cousins joined New Orleans, most people believed that the Pelicans would be a legitimate playoff contender. Unfortunately, the predictions went wrong as “Boogie” was having a hard making himself fit in New Orleans. As of now, they are currently in 12th spot in the Eastern Conference and six wins behind the No. 8 seed Denver Nuggets.
If they fail to enter the playoffs, it is unlikely that Cousins will sign a contract extension this summer. With the Wizards current performance, it will not be a surprise if “Boogie” considers reuniting with John Wall in Washington in 2018.
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