The Sacramento Kings reinstated center DeMarcus Cousins, effective immediately. Cousins practiced with the team in Sacramento today.
Cousins, currently in his third NBA season, is averaging a team-high 16.6 points (.414 FGs, .200 3FGs, .769 FTs), 9.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.35 steals per game through 23 contests.
The 22-year old was suspended indefinitely Saturday morning following a verbal altercation with Keith Smart during the Kings' loss to the Clippers Friday night.
Cousins did not play in the Kings' 108-96 win over the Trail Blazers on Sunday.
The Kings are back in action Wednesday night in Portland.
Sacramento Kings media services contributed to this report.
Sacramento Kings point guard Ty Lawson spent time in a Colorado courtroom Thursday to face allegations of potential probation violations. Lawson was granted a six-week stay in case and will reappear in court on May 4, CSN California has learned through a league source.
According to Jesse Paul of the Denver Post, Lawson, through his attorney Harvey Steinberg, entered a denial of probation violations. Lawson tested positive for alcohol three times in the past year, according to published reports. If true, it would be a violation of his probation.
Lawson’s legal troubles stem from a 2015 DUI arrest in Denver. The eight-year NBA veteran signed a one-year deal with the Kings on Aug. 31, 2016. Through 63 games, including 21 starts, the 29-year-old guard has posted averages of 9.2 points and 4.7 assists in 25.1 minutes per game.
He sat out Wednesday’s loss to the Milwaukee Bucks for “planned rest.” Lawson is expected back in a Kings uniform Friday night when they take on the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena.
On May 7, 2016, the Grizzlies fired Dave Joerger.
Two days later, the Kings hired Joerger.
If he had not become available, Sacramento likely would have tabbed Patrick Ewing as their head coach, according to The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ewing is currently the associate head coach of the Hornets.
He has been on Charlotte's staff since 2013.
Before that, he was an assistant coach with the Magic for six seasons.
After retiring from the NBA following the 2001-02 season, he was an assistant with Washington for one season before joining the Houston Rockets.
Ewing was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008.