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Kings’ Cousins demands trade… or did he? Sacramento is a mess.

Jan 1, 2012, 8:53 PM EDT

Demarcus Cousins AP

UPDATE 8:53 pm: Here is coach Paul Westphal’s pregame quote to the media and comments about the Cousins situation, via

“He can only have so many chances and something has to be done.  And it’s time something has to be done.”  Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their two game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Memphis.  He did say that Cousins needed to do some “soul searching” and that he hopes that, “DeMarcus has a change of heart and joins up with full reinstatement, that’s really up to him and I hope that.”

7:30 pm: We knew there were problems in Sacramento, but we didn’t realize that “black hole-like implosion” was going to be an accurate term.
DeMarcus Cousins has demanded a trade, coach Paul Westphal said in a statement. That is something Cousin’s agent denied to Sports Illustrated.

All we do know for sure is Cousins has been told to stay home as the Kings host the Hornets Sunday. Here is Westphal’s statement.

“Whenever a new season begins, in any sport, there is great hope that everything will progress in only a steady, upward direction. As we all know, it seldom happens like that in this life!

As coaches, we can only ask that our players do everything they can to improve themselves as individuals and teammates. If they do this with all their hearts, we live with the results.

Everything that happens on a team does not become known to the public. This is how it should be. However, when a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely.

DeMarcus Cousins has demanded to be traded. In the best interest of our team as we go forward, he has been directed by me, with the support of management, to stay home from the New Orleans game tonight.”

The coach, who has a running feud with the player, is releasing statements and not the GM and/or team president? Interesting situation in Sacramento. And if Cousins doesn’t want to travel in the same direction as this struggling team, is that a bad thing?

By releasing this statement and sitting him, the Kings have publicly put Cousins on the market.

Cousins’ agent John Greig said there was no trade demand to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick:

“DeMarcus never demanded a trade. I’m surprised the Kings, if they believe the player wanted… a trade, wouldn’t have made a phone call to his representative. Maybe Westphal is just feeling the heat early this season.”

Yea, all this is going to help rally the hard working people of Sacramento behind the team and keep the Kings in the California capital.

Cousins had been frustrated pretty much since he got to the Kings with how he was being used in the offense. He has clashed with Westphal and the coaching staff repeatedly and was suspended by the team from games because of it. His fit with Tyreke Evans was not developing, although how much of that was on them and how much was on Westphal is up for debate. There are a lot of people who can shoulder blame for a lot of things in Sacramento.

Cousins, just starting his second season, is a good big man with the potential to be very good, but there are plenty of questions around the league about his focus, maturity and work ethic. He is strong, a very good rebounder and has some skills around the rim (although he has struggled with that this season, shooting just 36.4 percent inside three feet and a terrible 32 percent overall, but he keeps shooting a lot). His defense has great potential but needs work. The general consensus can be summed up in a quote from Bull Durham, “million dollar body and a five cent head.”

Which leads to a question of how much the Kings can really get for him? If I were GM of a rebuilding team that had a long way to go I’d consider putting in an offer (I’m looking at you, Washington Wizards and Cleveland Cavaliers) but I wouldn’t offer actually valuable pieces going forward. Picks would be top 10 protected, players would not be near the potential that Cousins has. If the Kings trade him, they will not get equal value. But maybe that is worth it to them right now.

  1. jmclarkent - Jan 1, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    The team that picks up Cousins had better have strong coaching and leadership in place – this kid is starting to remind me of Derrick Coleman (Franchise talent – French Fries brain).

    • edmazeing1 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:38 PM

      Ever team knew about Cousins b4 the draft, Kings took him anyway!!!

      • skids003 - Jan 3, 2012 at 1:05 PM

        Trade him to the unemployment line, let him try to get a real job. These idiots don’t know how lucky they are!!

    • p1nch3dloaf - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:34 AM

      Blazers coach Nate McMoldsmen can handle him…get Paul Allen on the phone…we need big bodies!!!

      • goforthanddie - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:56 AM

        I thought about that. He’s worth a 2nd-round pick, and Portland does have a few people to kick his ass into shape.

  2. goforthanddie - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

    The Wiz would be a horrible choice. They’re all young, they already have a headcase (or 2, depending who you ask), and their coach doesn’t even know who’s active for a game.
    He sounds like he needs a lot of leaning on. Maybe Boston, God knows their shelves are bare after this season.

  3. bparmalee - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    So do people still think Cousins isnt a bum? There’s a reason he was still there at number 5. This guy doesnt want to play. He is just collecting a check. There are three teams that I could see trying to get something out of him… the Celtics, Bucks and Bulls. They both have strong coaching that push work ethic. The Wizards trading for him would a joke. Wall, Blatche and Cousins on the same team…. wait… actually I want to see that train wreck.

    • cosanostra71 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:41 PM

      Not sure why you threw Wall in there… he seems to be pretty grounded.

      • bparmalee - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:46 PM

        To lump him in with those guys was unfair. I do consider him to be a selfish player but he does go out every night and work. I included mainly because I think their personalities would clash but I concede that he isnt in the Blatche and Cousins catagory.

    • tgifinley88 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:48 PM

      the bucks team chemistry is quite good this year, no need to ruin it with a headache like this. skiles would kick cousins to the curb within a week.

    • kinggw - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:06 PM

      Cousins is a lot of things, a bum isnt one of them.It takes big men longer to develop in the NBA. Cousins may have maturity issues but the Kings aren’t helping him develop on the court by having a bunch of two guards masquerading as point guards. Although he’ll get the blame, we can’t be sure this situation is all his fault. Its a bit fishy that Westphal is releasing statements concerning this matter and not the GM. In any event you dont give up on a 21 year old guy because the coach is frustrated with him. Its ironic that a team who changed its fortunes by acquiring a player (Chris Webber) who was considered talented yet troubled, is on the other side of that equation.

      • goforthanddie - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        No, he isn’t a bum. He’s an immature punk who doesn’t have the common sense to realize he’s about as lucky as a human being can be.
        And he doesn’t have a development issue, he has a “no damn brains” issue.

    • makjak2 - Jan 2, 2012 at 6:23 PM

      Wall and Cousins would clash? Did you see them play at Kentucky?

  4. glink123 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:29 PM

    The Bulls wouldn’t touch this bum. Zero chance. He’s done nothing in his one year in the league to justify a roster spot on their well-disciplined team.

  5. glink123 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    I hate NBC.

  6. acdc363 - Jan 1, 2012 at 8:54 PM


  7. pudgalvin - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    While watching the Bulls/Kings the other night, my finace (a casual at best basketball fan) goes: ‘I don’t like that #15 guy. He seems like a turd.” Don’t think I’ve ever heard her say turd.

    • pudgalvin - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

      *fiance. She’s not my accountant. Thank God.

      • jmclarkent - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        fiance. She’s not my accountant.

        We’ll see if you still feel that way in a few years…

  8. 0utkast22 - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    Miami should trade their 1st Round pick and Haslem (or Howard)…Miami has to be interested, they signed Eddy Curry….you know they are looking for an answer at Center….

  9. jonirocit - Jan 1, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    Dude is a bad apple watch him on the court he is a jack ass it doesn’t matter what they get just get something and move on

  10. jedi5334 - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Some of u guys r ridiculous!!!! When did wanting 2 win become a bad thing?!!?Sacramento sucks and he doesn’t want 2 suck!!! Losing 20lbs n the offseason and adding muscle sounds like you’ve been working on your game!!! But he just wants a check huh?!?! If that was the case then y would he be complaining!!! Some of u just sound plain stupid!!! U just c what u wanna c or read for that matter!!! RIDICULOUS!!!!

    • goforthanddie - Jan 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

      This isn’t Twatter. Use real words and proper punctuation junior.

  11. philwauke - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Well he committed to 3 different colleges coming out of high school so this doesn’t come as a surprise.

    • kinggw - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:09 PM

      What does that have to do with anything? He switched from Memphis to Kentucky because Calipari switched jobs. Stop hating.

  12. isujames - Jan 1, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    wall and cousins where teamates in college.D A

  13. btwicey - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    They knew all this wen they drafted him

  14. comeonnowguys - Jan 1, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Punk @ss flopper.

  15. 00maltliquor - Jan 2, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    If Cousins wants to be traded then Sac Town, do yourself the favor and ship him out while he still has trade value! The guy is a major headcase and I think he could even be a franchise killer with his attitude.
    Yes, he is skilled. Yes, he has a boatloat of potential. He could also undermine a coaches whole system and philosophy. Even the team chemistry.
    And spare me the whole “he’s young”/ “he’ll grow out of it” b.s. This is just who he is and will always be. Nothing but a punk.

    • jedi5334 - Jan 2, 2012 at 4:46 AM

      If he’s a punk that makes Westphal an idiot who can’t coach!!! Nothing but hate and jealousy is coming out of your mouth!!!

      • dexterismyhero - Jan 3, 2012 at 3:27 PM

        Pot meet kettle jedi!

  16. garyrocktown - Jan 5, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Cousins 1 Westphal 0 Time will tell the real score.

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