“Sacramento ain’t want me so they just got rid of me”: Tyrese Haliburton expresses his frustration with getting traded after committing to the Kings

Samir Mehdi
|Published February 11, 2022

Tyrese Haliburton talks about getting traded away from the Sacramento Kings, saying they didn’t want him and so go rid of him. 

With the plethora of trades that have taken place the past 12 hours, it’s easy to forget the first big trade that got the ball rolling prior to the Feb 10th deadline. Tyrese Haliburton was shockingly moved from the Sacramento Kings to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Domantas Sabonis, with other players on the periphery rounding out that deal. 

We’ve already gotten a chance to witness what the Kings look like with Sabonis as he dropped 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 assists in his SacTown debut. Haliburton has yet to make his debut for the Pacers but it’s expected that he will come Friday night against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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The league was in quite a disarray over news of Tyrese Haliburton having been traded away from the Sacramento Kings. Merely a month ago, during his postgame presser, Haliburton would say that he was going to be in Sacramento for the long haul. 

Clearly Tyrese isn’t happy with the fact that the franchise he committed to has sent him off after a year’s worth of basketball. 

Tyrese Haliburton on the Sacramento to Indiana trade. 

In his media availability today, Tyrese Haliburton was quite candid with the way he felt about the Kings trading him in his sophomore season.  

He said, “They ain’t want me, they went in a different direction and it’s part of the business and it happens. I’m excited to be here. I put a lot of love and a lot of trust in Sacramento and immersed myself in that community with the people and they just rid of me.”

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It was reported by Matt Barnes that tears were shed by Haliburton upon hearing the news that he got traded. Woj also confirmed that the entirety of the league was in shock that the Kings had actually pulled the plug on a trade that sent Tyrese Haliburton away so soon. 

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Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi

Samir Mehdi is an NBA Editor at The Sportsrush. Ever since he was 13 years old, he’s been obsessed with the game of basketball. From watching Kobe Bryant’s highlights on YouTube to now, analyzing and breaking down every single game on League Pass, Samir’s passion for the game is unwavering. He's a complete basketball junkie who not only breaks down current games but also keenly watches ones from the 60s’ and 70s’ while also reading comprehensive books on the history of the league. Samir’s life revolves around basketball and he hopes that shows in his work. Aside from work, he loves to spend time in the gym and with his friends at social gatherings.

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