SACRAMENTO (AP) -- DeMarcus Cousins has been fined 25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing officials after a 95-83 loss to Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
The NBA announced the fine Friday.
Cousins was constantly tangled up with Griffin in a matchup of two of the league's budding young big men. He was in foul trouble throughout, finishing with eight points and three rebounds before fouling out in the closing seconds.
Sacramento's second-year big man called Griffin an "actor" and said the league protects last season's Rookie of the Year and slam-dunk champion too much. Griffin had 14 points and nine rebounds, making three shots in the final minutes to lead Los Angeles to the win.
The Clippers host the Kings on Saturday.
SACRAMENTO -- In an unexpected move, published reports have Sacramento Kings guard Langston Galloway opting out of the final year of his contract that would have paid the 25-year-old $5.4 million next season.
Galloway was acquired by the Kings as part of the DeMarcus Cousins deal during All-Star weekend. The third-year pro averaged 6.0 points, 1.5 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 19 games for Sacramento, while shooting a robust 47.5 percent from long range.
With the move, Sacramento moves an estimated $56 million under the salary cap for the 2017-18 season with a team option on Arron Afflalo for $12.5 million with a $1.5 million buyout. If Afflalo isn’t retained, the Kings can move $67 million under the salary cap with just seven players under contract.
Galloway joins a growing list of veterans to leave the Kings since the end of the season. Rudy Gay declined his $14.3 million player option earlier in the month and Sacramento chose to waive forward Anthony Tolliver and pay his $2 million buyout instead of a $8 million contract for next year.
Mike Scotto of BasketballInsiders.com was first with the news.
In their attempt to offer a package to Indiana for Paul George, the Lakers came knocking on the Kings' door.
Unfortunately for Los Angeles, the Kings weren't interested in what they had to offer.
According to TNT, the Lakers offered the No. 2 pick to the Kings for the No. 5 and No. 10 picks.
The Kings reportedly rejected the offer.
The Lakers' plan appearantly was to take one of the two picks acquired from the Kings, package it with the No. 27 and No. 28 picks they owned and a player on their roster in an offer for George.
It appears they'll have to find a different avenue to get George to LA.