Haliburton: Feelings for Kings fans, organization is ‘different’ originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
The Kings’ trade with Tyrese Haliburton was sudden, unexpected and emotional for Sacramento fans who had to say goodbye to a player who finally wanted to be there as much as they wanted.
Months later, a lot has changed and Kings fans are happy with the new team and excited for what the future holds.
At the NBA 2K23 Summer League tournament in Las Vegas, Haliburton caught up with FOX40’s Sean Cunningham while watching his new team, the Indiana Pacers, take on his old team, the Kings, on Sunday.
While the young guard made it clear that there was no bad blood between him and his ex-teammates, and that the love for Sacramento fans will always be reciprocated, Haliburton subtly suggested that it wasn’t. maybe not the case for the Kings organization.
Cunningham: “Sacramento loved you man, you knew that. You had that connection. Is it still there?”
Haliburton: “Oh, sure. With the fans, forever. That’s not a question. My feeling towards the organization and the fans is completely different. It is what it is.”
The Kings traded Haliburton, Buddy Hield and Tristan Thompson to the Pacers for Domantas Sabonis, Justin Holiday and Jeremy Lamb.
Since being traded, Haliburton hasn’t held back his emotions and how hurt he was that Sacramento chose to trade him.
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The 22-year-old seems much more at peace with the situation and was all smiles as he cheered on his team in Vegas.
“They love me at Indy, so it’s really exciting,” he said. “We have a lot of youngsters, we’re just young and growing… It won’t always be pretty, but we’ll figure it out. For me, it’s the best you’ll ever see me. We are working very hard and I am really looking forward to this season.