In a lengthy Q&A with The Undefeatedâs Marc Spears, DeMarcus Cousins looked back at the trade that sent him from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans and said that his former team treated him like cattle. Cousins, who had previously called the Kings dishonest and cowardly for trading him after saying publicly and privately that they wouldnât, is obviously still less than pleased with how it went down.From The Undefeated: The Pelicans can only offer a five-year, $180 million deal, which is about $30 million less than what the Kings could have offered. How much does the potential financial loss hurt? It was never about the money. I donât play this game for money. Anyone that knows me knows that I donât play for the money. I had money before. Iâm perfectly fine. To say it doesnât help me would be a lie. Of course I want it. It wasnât about the money. It never was. I wanted my legacy to end in Sacramento. I invested so much time and energy. Everything I had, my whole heart was into that city. Just for it to end the way it did, that was the part that was fâ-. But it was never about the money. I donât give a sâ about the money. Have you spoken to anyone managementwise with the Kings? Nope. Should you? For cheap nba jerseys what? Honestly, Vivek tried to reach out. It was about two weeks later [after the trade]. I just told him, âLook, why are you reaching out to me two weeks later? There is no point. If you feel like youâre doing the right thing now, it just shows who you really are as an owner.â That was my message back to him. And I havenât spoken to him about it since. â¦ But how would you have taken it if the Kings were up front about wanting to trade you? Of course, I wouldâve been mad. But I still would have respected it. Come to me like a man. Iâm a human being at the end of the day. Donât treat me like a fâing piece of cattle. Cousins, who will play against Sacramento for the first time on Friday at Smoothie King Center, said he was âmentally goneâ two weeks ago when trying to adjust to his new situation, so he took a trip to his hometown of Mobile, Alabama on an off day. He said that helped him put things in perspective and sounded extremely optimistic about the Pelicansâ future. His happiness in New Orleans, however, does not mean that heâs about to let the Kings off the hook for what he perceives as a betrayal. He never wanted to leave Sacramento, and he was hurt when the organization changed course, especially because he didnât see it coming. The cold, rational point of view here is that the NBA is a business and the Kings didnât owe Cousins anything. That is not, however, how fellow players will see it. Cousins went out of his way to say publicly that he wanted to stay in Sacramento when the franchise was considered a laughingstock, and less than two weeks before the messy breakup, general manager Vlade Divac said definitively that the Kings wouldnât trade him and hoped heâd be there for a long time. While Cousins was not always the picture of professionalism in Sacramento and the franchise didnât break any rules with the trade, this is generally not how you do business. Other stars might refrain from badmouthing a former team like this, but Cousins has reason to take the trade personally.