When DeMarcus Cousins was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans on the night of the 2017 NBA All-Star Game, pretty much the entire sports world was shocked.
Of the many teams that were linked to the trade talks, the Washington Wizards never emerged as a favorite to land the talented big man’s services.
However, to the delight of Wizards fans everywhere, it seems as though Cousins suiting up in D.C. in the future isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
After all, All-Star point guard John Wall was Cousins’ teammate and roommate at the University of Kentucky and the two have kept in contact over the years.
"[Cousins] said he would come to D.C., but he didn't know what was going to happen," Wall told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. "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.”
In November of this season, Wizards beat writer Candace Buckner of the Washington Post wrote the following when the Wizards beat the visiting Sacramento Kings (Cousins’ team at the time).
“In many ways, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins are like any other pair of good friends. They text constantly. Laugh at the same silly jokes from when they were teenagers. Talk trash whenever they’re pit against each other."
She continued, "However one thing makes these friends different than most: Wall and Cousins are two NBA superstars on fledgling franchises and yet hold the hopes of entire fan bases with their shared goal of one day playing on the same team. ‘We talk about it all the time,’ Wall said with a smile.”
It seems pretty obvious that both men want to eventually team up at the NBA level.
While Wall and co-star Bradley Beal have done a great job leading the Wizards to an impressive record this season and they are towards the top of the Eastern Conference standings, Cousins’ presence would have given the club a legitimate “Big Three” that so may teams desire.
However, Cousins is in New Orleans and the Pelicans are just 5-7 as of Friday night since acquiring him in exchange for a handful of prospects and a draft pick.
Since he’s signed through the 2018 season, he has plenty of time to decide if he’s planning to stay in New Orleans or if he’s going to test the free agent market. If he’s not happy as a Pelican over the next year and a half, expect the Wizards to come calling, using Wall as a key influencer.