Cousins says he never demanded or requested a trade


Cousins says he never demanded or requested a trade

DeMarcus Cousins, after being told to stay at home and not show up at Power Balance Pavilion for the Kings' game last night for allegedly demanding a trade, claims he never requested a trade.

Cousins issued the following statement: "I want to address my missing the New Orleans game Sunday. I have not demanded or requested a trade. I don't agree with the actions taken but will give my sincere effort to put it behind me and compete the best I can for my team."

Clearly, there is a significant disconnect between Coach Paul Westphal, Kings management, and Cousins.

Yesterday, Paul Westphal stated:

"When a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwillingunable 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 at home from the New Orleans game."

Without Cousins on Sunday night, the Kings defeated the Hornets 96, 80. J.J. Hickson, who replaced Cousins in the starting lineup, had four points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes.

It was reported on Monday that Cousins traveled with the team to Memphis as the team takes on the Grizzlies Tuesday night.

Stay with as this story unfolds.

Kings buy controlling interest in Reno Bighorns

Kings buy controlling interest in Reno Bighorns

The NBA Development League and the Sacramento Kings today announced that the team has acquired a controlling interest in the NBA D-League’s Reno Bighorns. 

With the purchase, the Kings become the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate. 

“With today’s purchase, half of NBA teams now own and operate their NBA D-League affiliate an important milestone that proves how essential developing top young NBA talent has become,” said NBA D-League President Malcolm Turner.  “I’m thrilled to welcome Vivek Ranadiv√© and the Sacramento Kings’ ownership group to the NBA D-League family and want to thank Herb Santos for his integral role in Bighorns basketball.” 

Longstanding partners, the Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno’s inaugural NBA D-League campaign.  Prior to the 2013-14 season, the teams entered into a single-affiliation partnership, with the NBA franchise managing basketball operations for the NBA D-League club.  With today’s purchase, the Kings will now assume all business operations of the Bighorns. 

“We’re excited to deepen our relationship with the Bighorns and the Reno/Tahoe community,” said Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadiv√©. “This is an incredible opportunity to develop players, front-office staff and future business executives for the Sacramento Kings, while simultaneously contributing meaningfully to the Reno entertainment, commercial and non-profit ecosystem.”

Five current Kings have NBA D-League experience.  Additionally, head coach Dave Joerger and assistant coaches Bryan Gates and Duane Ticknor all made the jump to the NBA coaching ranks following stints on NBA D-League benches. 

Since the team’s inception, more than 10 Bighorns have earned GATORADE Call-Ups to the NBA, including San Antonio Spurs guard Danny Green.  Additionally, 16 NBA players have spent time on assignment in Reno, including current NBA players Jeremy Lin and Hassan Whiteside. 

“It has been a tremendous honor and privilege to grow basketball and provide family-friendly entertainment in the Reno community over the past five years,” said Bighorns minority owner Herb Santos.  “I cannot thank everyone enough for the years of support and look forward to continuing to cheer for the Bighorns alongside each of you.”

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Kings trim roster, waive second-year guard/forward

Kings trim roster, waive second-year guard/forward

SACRAMENTO -- The Sacramento Kings Wednesday waived guard/forward Lamar Patterson, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.

Patterson averaged 5.8 points (.455 FG%, .333 3pt%, .917 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game in four preseason contests with Sacramento, including 14 points (4-6 FG, 2-3 3pt, 4-4 FT), one rebound, one assist and two steals against Washington on Oct. 15.

Patterson (6-5, 225), registered 2.4 points (.350 FG%, 12-49 3pt, .727 FT%), 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 11.3 minutes per game during his first NBA season with Atlanta in 2015-16, appearing in 35 contests.