Oh, it’s all just fantasy talk for now, but if this doesn’t sound like John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins setting the table for some kind of get-together, I don’t know what does.
“We talk about it all the time,” Wall said with a smile, after his Wizards defeated Cousins and the Sacramento Kings in overtime, 101-95.
Hours before the two went to dinner together, Cousins, playing coy while in a perky mood, expressed similar thoughts.
“[Do we] talk about playing with one another? Is that your question?” Cousins asked a reporter, then grinning big just like Wall, “It’s come up.”
They played together once before, on a 2009-10 Kentucky team that went 35-3 and lost in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. But even without that history, the pairing makes sense. It’s a good young guard and a good young big man entering their prime.
There is just the question of how it might happen. Cousins has two years left on his deal with Sacramento, and Wall is signed with Washington through 2018-19. Until Cousins’ deal is up, the only possibility is a trade and, well, that can get as complicated as you need it to get.
This nonetheless seems like a fun pairing and unless you have a specific rooting interest in the Kings or the Wizards, you’re probably in support of it.
Cousins and Wall would like to get the whole gang back together, actually. They’ve brought Phoenix’s Eric Bledsoe into the conversation, too. He also played on that Kentucky team, but like Cousins and Wall, he wants the other guys to come to him.
“They’re going to all come to Sac,” Cousins playfully proclaimed. “Come to Sac!”
And how does Wall react when Cousins pitches Sacramento?
“[Wall] wants me [in D.C.],” Cousins said. “Eric want us in Phoenix.
“Play with John and Eric again,” Cousins contemplated, “you never know what will happen. It’s the NBA, so hopefully one day he’ll be in a Sacramento uniform.”
They were pretty good together in college: