On Sunday night, the Sacramento Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins, one of the best basketball players in the world, to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for some spare change, two pieces of lint and a paper clip Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and a 2017 first- and second-round pick.

The trade was almost universally panned from the Kings’ perspective, with just about everyone questioning how Sacramento turned an All-Star center into spare parts.

Among the critics was former Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, who was a solid player for Sacramento, then left town and became an All-Star.

For those unfamiliar with NBA 2K franchise mode, the computer will reject trades it views as unfair (like an actual general manager would), unless you turn off that function and set the game to accept any trades you propose. Under those settings, you could ask for LeBron James for Jon Leuer and the computer would say yes.

Still, as Thomas sees it, this trade wouldn’t get through.

We already know that the 2K computer wouldn’t do the Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins trade with the override function on, so messing with the settings would be their only hope.

Maybe the Kings should have consulted 2K before they pulled the trigger on this trade.

About Alex Putterman

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