"[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."
The New Orleans Pelicans acquired Cousins from the Sacramento Kings shortly after the NBA All-Star game, pairing the All-Star center with Anthony Davis to form arguably the best frontcourt tandem in the league.
However, the team has struggled with a 4-7 record since the deal. New Orleans entered Friday at 27-41 and is a long shot to earn the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference.
Conversely, the Wizards are a legitimate contender in the Eastern Conference behind Wall and Bradley Beal.
Cousins is signed through the 2018 season, so he has plenty of time before he has to decide where he goes next. However, his incentive to stay with his current team has changed due to the trade.
The Kings had an opportunity to offer the big man a contract worth over $200 million over five years as a "designated player," but the Pelicans don't have that luxury since they didn't draft him.
If the 26-year-old isn't happy in the next 18 months in New Orleans, Washington will likely be waiting with open arms.