Cousins 'not mad at all' over benching in Pelicans' win

Cousins 'not mad at all' over benching in Pelicans' win

DeMarcus Cousins' time in New Orleans hasn't gone well.

The Pelicans are 3-6 since acquiring Cousins from the Kings, and their last win came with the All-Star center being benched with just over nine minutes remaining in the fourth quarter against Charlotte on Sunday.

Cousins declined to talk to the media following the Pelicans' 125-122 overtime win, but a day later, he spoke after practice and was asked what was going through his mind.

"Was it frustrating? Not at all. The team was in a good rhythm, they were playing a good stretch of basketball, so I wasn't mad at all. Pulled out a good win. I'm not mad at all," Cousins said on Monday.

Cousins was asked to recalled if he's ever been benched that early in a game.

'First time in a long time. Maybe since my rookie season. But you know, that's how it played out. Coach [Alvin Gentry] made a decision. It is what it is. My job is just to go out there and play when my name is called upon. It wasn't, so I was a cheerleader from the bench," Cousins said.

Did Cousins and Gentry speak after the game regarding the situation?

"Nothing to talk about. It was his decision," Cousins said.

In eight games with the Pelicans, Cousins is averaging 20.8 points per game, down from the 27.8 he averaged in 55 games with the Kings this season. His rebounds per game, though, are up to 12.4 from 10.6.

New Orleans is back in action Tuesday when they host Portland.

 

Source: Kings decline to extend qualifying offer to Ben McLemore

Source: Kings decline to extend qualifying offer to Ben McLemore

After four years in the Capitol City, Ben McLemore's time is up.

The Kings have declined to extend a qualifying offer to McLemore, making him an unrestricted free agent, a league source confirmed to NBCSportsCalifornia.com's James Ham

The former No. 7 overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Kansas, McLemore played in 61 games this past season. He averaged 8.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 19.3 minutes.

McLemore's best season with the Kings came in 2014-15 when he averaged 12.1 points in 82 games.

But the 24-year-old saw his role cut back in 2015-16 under former head coach George Karl. His minutes dropped from 32.6 to 21.2 in 2015-16.

All-Rookie First Team shooting guard Buddy Hield projects as the Kings' starter heading into the 2017-18 season. Sacramento has several other options at shooting guard including Malachi Richardson and Garrett Temple.

The news was first reported by ESPN.

Report: Kings agree to three-year deal with Bogdanovic

Report: Kings agree to three-year deal with Bogdanovic

The Sacramento Kings continue to add young talent to their growing roster.

Serbian star Bogdan Bogdanovic is primed to join the Kings this summer on a three-year deal, league sources confirmed to NBC Sports California.

The deal will reportedly be worth between $30 and $36 million.

Bogdanovic, 24, is fresh of a European championship with Fenerbahçe of the Turkish super league and a silver medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The team is restricted from confirming the reports until July 6, when the NBA’s free agent moratorium ends, but there has been a growing optimism over Bogdanovic joining the Kings for some time.

Sacramento acquired the rights to Bogdanovic as part of a 2016 draft night trade that sent the eighth overall selection (Marquese Chriss) to the Phoenix Suns for picks No. 13 (Georgios Papagiannis) and No. 28 (Skal Labissiere). The Suns selected Bogdanovic with the 27th pick of the 2014 NBA Draft, but had failed in their attempts to lure the young shooting guard to the US.

Bogdanovic is expected to compete with Buddy Hield, Garrett Temple and Malachi Richardson for minutes at the shooting guard position this season. The 6-foot-6, 194-pound guard averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.6 assists in 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from behind the arc this season for Fenerbahçe.