The Kings will be without DeMarcus Cousins against the Bucks Wednesday night after his ill-advised swing of the arm aimed between O.J. Mayo's legs Monday; the star center was slapped with a one-game suspension Wednesday afternoon.
After the Kings' loss to the Mavericks, Mayo ripped Cousins:
“That guy has some mental issues, man,” Mayo said. “He’s a talented player. He has an opportunity to be the face of that organization, but I don’t think he wants it. He’s immature, man. Big maturity problem. Hopefully, he’ll grow up out of it and become great. He definitely has the talent to.”
[RELATED: Mayo rips Cousins]
Cousins has since responded:
“I heard,” Cousins said of Mayo's comments. “This coming from a guy that doesn’t have a great image himself. So what does his really mean? I’m fine with it. ... Is he a franchise player? So how is he going to tell me what I am?”
[RELATED: Cousins responds]
Cousins, 22, was suspended for two games earlier this season after a postgame altercation with Spurs analyst Sean Elliot.
The third-year big man is averaging 17.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 30.7 minutes per game.
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.
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.