Jason Williams played in the NBA for more than a decade and won a championship with the Miami Heat in 2006, but for some, he’ll always be remembered for his days in Sacramento. Williams, nicknamed “White Chocolate,” played for the Kings from 1998-2001, during which he helped the franchise to three straight playoff appearances.
Williams did that alongside Vlade Divac, who has traded DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.
“Vlade is my guy all the way to the end, but I’m not sure about this deal,” Williams told Damon Amendolara, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “I’m not so sure if they got fair value in return for Cousins. Plus, they did it two or three days before the trade deadline. I’m thinking this deal would have been on the table last hour, right? I don’t know what’s going on out there, inside the building or upstairs or anything like that, but just from a fan’s perspective, I think the Pelicans got a steal.”
Cousins averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 blocks per game for Sacramento this season. He was traded for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and 2017 first- and second-round picks.
It feels like Divac could have gotten more for Cousins, no?
“For sure,” Williams said. “If that’s all I could get, I think I’d just be willing to walk. Let him walk at the end.”
Williams, 41, knows what it’s like to be traded from Sacramento. In 2001, the Kings sent Williams and Nick Anderson to Memphis for Mike Bibby and Brent Price.
“It kind of sucked at first because I’m leaving my friends, my boys, on my team,” Williams said. “But I’ve been fortunate enough. Every team I’ve been on, one through 15, we’ve been cool. We never had any bad people on our team. We always hug out. We always was a family-oriented team, so I’ve been pretty lucky in that aspect.”