SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento Kings’ President of Basketball Operations Geoff Petrie today announced that the team has suspended center DeMarcus Cousins indefinitely for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.
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.
After a first-quarter kerfuffle with head coach Keith Smart in the Kings' Friday-night loss to the Clippers, Cousins was benched for the second half.
“We're trying to set a standard for all of our players,” Smart said after the game. ”And all of our guys that are here (know that). And when guys don't fall in line to that, we've got to move on, we've got to move forward.”
Sacramento Kings media services contributed to this report
In their search for Scott Perry's replacement, the Kings have spoken with the former GM of the Orlando Magic.
Otis Smith, who served as the Magic GM from 2006 to 2012, reportedly met with the Kings about their recently-vacated VP of basketball operations job.
News of the meeting for was first reported by ESPN.
Perry left the Kings this month to become the GM of the Knicks.
Smith has ties to Northern California. As a player, Smith's rights were sold by the Nuggets to the Warriors in 1987. He played in 137 games over two seasons with the Warriors.
After his playing days were over, Smith joined the Warriors' front office as the executive director of basketball operations.
Currently, Smith is the director of player development and an assistant coach for the Detroit Pistons.
Jimmer Fredette is reportedly going back to China.
Fredette agreed to terms on a two-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks worth $1.8 million annually, according to David Pick.
Fredette has accrued five years of NBA service.
The minimum NBA salary for Fredette in 2017-18 would be...
The Kings selected Fredette with the 10th overall pick in the 2011 draft.
He averaged 7.6 points per game as a rookie and 7.2 points in Year 2.
Sacramento waived Fredette in February 2014.
Over 50 games with the Pelicans in 2014-15, he averaged 3.6 points per game and shot below 19 percent from deep.
He did not see any action against the Warriors in the opening round of the 2015 playoffs.
In China last year, Fredette averaged 37.6 points and 8.2 rebounds per contest.
He scored 73 points on Feb. 19.