DeMarcus Cousins experienced his fair share of turmoil during six-and-a-half seasons with the Sacramento Kings, and he admitted in a recent interview with ESPN's Marc J. Spears that he should have split from the franchise earlier than he did.
"My biggest regret is, why didn't I leave when I had the chance?," Cousins said (h/t theScore's Chris Walder).
"I had the chance, but I fought it. ... I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn't stay. You know, being...I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work."
When asked specifically when he wishes he had left, Cousins said he had an opportunity to do so when the Kings named George Karl as their head coach.
Karl was initially hired to replace interim head coach Tyrone Corbin in February 2015. However, the Kings fired him following the 2015-16 campaign due in part to his relationship (or lack thereof) with Cousins.
"I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz, and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable," Karl told the Sacramento Bee's Ailene Voisin. "I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded."
On Thursday, the three-time All-Star will return to Sacramento as a visitor for the first time when the Kings and Pelicans clash at Golden 1 Center.
"I'm excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction," Cousins told Spears. "But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I'm past it. I'm in a good place, I'm happy where I'm at. We have a chance to win. We're playing for something. So I'm good."