After the Wizards knocked off the Kings on Monday night, John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins—who spent a single season playing together on the 2009-10 Kentucky team that finished ranked second in the country—told reporters that they have talked to one another about teaming up in the NBA. Wall went as far as to say that they have discussed it more than you might think.
"We talk about it all the time," Wall said, according to The Washington Post.
Cousins confirmed this by saying that talk of the duo joining forces has "come up" during recent conversations with Wall, and he also suggested that he has spoken with Eric Bledsoe—who also played on that 2009-10 Kentucky team—about getting in on the action and reuniting with Cousins and Wall. But herein lies the problem with their plan: Wall plays for the Wizards, Cousins plays for the Kings, and Bledsoe plays for the Suns—and it sounds like they all want to stay where they're at now and bring the other guys on board with them.
"They're going to all come to Sac. Come to Sac!" Cousins said. "[Wall] wants me [in D.C.]. Eric want us in Phoenix...Play with John and Eric again, you never know what will happen. It's the NBA, so hopefully one day he'll be in a Sacramento uniform."
Meanwhile, Wall wants Cousins to come out east for a reunion. "[Cousins] loves where he's at and I love where I'm at, so whatever we feel like gives us the best opportunity to win—I know what our [team] is here and what I want to do here," he said. "And it's something I keep in my mind."
And while Bledsoe hasn't talked about the idea of playing alongside Wall and Cousins yet, it's safe to assume that he probably won't say, "Oh yeah, I'm down to get the hell out of Phoenix whenever these guys want to do this!" Whether he's happy with the Suns or not, he likely would suggest Wall and Cousins find a way to sign with the Suns if they want to make this thing happen. It's part of the reason why actually making it happen won't be easy, even if it's something these guys talk about "all the time."
If you don't remember, the 2009-10 Kentucky season was a memorable one for Cousins, Wall, and Bledsoe. They didn't win the NCAA title that season, but they did go 35-3 and win the SEC before being eliminated in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament. Wall was named the National Player of the Year and a First-Team All-American and Cousins was named a Second-Team All-American, and all three players were selected in the first round of the 2010 NBA Draft.
It'll be interested to see if these guys actually try and team up at some point. They're all locked up in their current contracts through at least 2018, but they're still young enough to figure out a way to land on the same squad at some point.