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Kings GM, owner say no plans to trade DeMarcus Cousins

Jan 2, 2012, 8:08 AM EDT

DeMarcus Cousins, Paul Westphal

The Sacramento Kings are creating a textbook case of “how not to handle an unhappy player.”

DeMarcus Cousins and coach Paul Westphal got into another in a long series of arguments after Saturday night’s Kings loss to the Knicks. Sunday, the coach released a statement saying Cousins had demanded a trade and was not going to be with the team Sunday night against the Hornets. Cousins’ agent denied there was a trade demand of any kind.

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated reports the “demands” have come a couple times as part of heated outbursts. “If I’m part of the problem then why don’t you trade me” type statements. Which can get interpreted as a trade demand if you really want, but most teams hear these and sweep them aside as moments of frustration. Not Sacramento. Well, in this case.

It’s moot, they are not trading, him. Both Kings GM Geoff Petrie and owner Joe Maloof said that Sunday.

Pietre spoke with Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee, who tweeted this:

Asked Geoff Petrie if the Kings intend to trade Cousins. His answer: “No.” Plans to meet with Cousins tomorrow.

Maloof spoke to the Sacramento Bee:

“We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people,” Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, “but we’re not trading him.”

If the people over Westphal are saying Cousins is not being traded, they are cutting the coach off at the knees. Already on a hot seat, what power does Westphal have if he releases a statement then everyone else says there will be no trade? Who is going to listen to him in that locker room?

Cousins is not easy to deal with, but the list of people who have had frustrations in Sacramento with Westphal is a long one and includes good players like Kevin Martin. There were multiple players expressing frustration with the offense on Saturday night. (As they should, the Kings offense is often stagnant and filled with isolation, although much of the blame falls back on the players for execution.) The point is, why go public with this and release a statement? To send a message? No, it really embarrasses Westphal and the Kings more. This can be handled in house. Quietly. And if you were going to trade him you just undercut your leverage, no team is going to offer anywhere near a fair deal now.

Right now that is one dysfunctional locker room. It shows on the court.

  1. bparmalee - Jan 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I guess if no one wants him then you can say you have no plans to trade him. I guess I can also say I have no plans to date Alison Brie.

  2. massivedick - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    someone needs to beat the ghetto out of his sorry ass. until he grows up, which might never happen, he is nothing but team cancer.

  3. jlinatl - Jan 2, 2012 at 10:55 AM

    If they want to trade him, they still may say they aren’t publicly to try to raise the asking price back a little closer to where it should be.

  4. tomshoe - Jan 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    Send him to the D-League. Riding on a bus and staying at discount hotels will set him straight.

  5. themanchine - Jan 2, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Nets

  6. norcal031 - Jan 2, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    I want to hear what Charles Barkley has to say. He played for the guy in PHX. I wondered why they hired him anyway. He never coached after that. There must have been something. He took a low offer from a poor owner to finally get back in to it.

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