De’Aaron Fox may well say that his former teammate “has a huge opportunity in Indiana”the pill is hard to swallow for Tyrese Haliburton, sacrificed by the Kings to bring in Domantas Sabonis.
The young full-back was surprised by the decision of the leaders, which accentuated his disappointment and sadness.
” I had no idea. I was not told anything about what was going to happen”he says at the Indy Star. “I was eating my breakfast, going to the Kings’ practice hall and I got a call that I could possibly be transferred. Thirty minutes later, it was done. I was overwhelmed, it was a lot to take in all at once. “
Arrived in 2020 in California, Tyrese Haliburton hoped to embody the future of the Kings, to bring them back to the playoffs. He feels betrayed and even shed a few tears on Tuesday when the transfer was announced.
“It’s scary, isn’t it? I put so much love and trust in Sacramento, I blended into this community, with the people of this town, and they got rid of me. But it’s part of the business. It hurts when you get transferred because I loved being in Sacramento. But it will be the same here in Indiana. Another franchise gives me a chance, so I have no reason not to give it my all. “
“I will help Tyrese in this transition”
Fortunately for him, he does not arrive alone at the Pacers. Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson also made the trip and the experience of the second, who knows his third team in two years since his departure from Cleveland, will be invaluable to him to live this special moment. Even if the pivot would like to leave…
“We accept this together”announces the 2016 champion, always for the Indy Starwho will keep his mentor role as in Cleveland and Sacramento. “It’s my guys, we’re here together. I’m obviously the oldest, so I’m going to help Tyrese with that transition. It’s easier when you have teammates who are on the plane with you, or at the hotel. We watched the game (against Atlanta) together so it’s cool. As if we were at university again. “
For his part, Buddy Hield spoke of a “necessary change”. “I want to do my best, shoot, make other people better, bring positive energy to this team,” he adds to the official franchise website. “Indiana has great fans, I can’t wait to be on the court. “
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