DeMarcus Cousins requests a trade

Wow. Four games into the season, and there is a new big man for other teams to drool over aside from Dwight Howard.

This guy, however, has a reputation as a head case.

DeMarcus Cousins has reportedly requested a trade from the Sacramento Kings, and coach Paul Westphal told him not to attend tonight’s game against the New Orleans Hornets.

More from Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee: “We’re not quite sure what happened after The Bee’s Jason Jones, Ailene Voisin and Matthew Kawahara left Power Balance Pavilion on Saturday night, but The Kings issued this interesting statement from Westphal at 3:21 p.m. today:

STATEMENT FROM KINGS HEAD COACH PAUL WESTPHAL

“Whenever a new season begins, in any sport, there is great hope that everything will progress in only a steady, upward direction. As we all know, it seldom happens like that in this life!

“As coaches, we can only ask that our players do everything they can to improve themselves as individuals and teammates. If they do this with all their hearts, we live with the results.

“Everything that happens on a team does not become known to the public. This is how it should be. However, when a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is unwilling/unable 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 home from the New Orleans game tonight.”

According to Cousins’ agent, John Greig, Cousins never asked to be traded.

 

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  1. Chris says

    cousins, garcia, thompson and salmons to houston for lowry, budinger, scola, patterson, #1pick, ny #1pick, who says no?

  2. Round Mound says

    Cousins seems to be lining himself up for a Zach Randolph maneuver: waste the first half of his career being a clown, have a change of heart when he sees 30 looming on the horizon, and then finally put up the 20-12 he should have been getting all along.

  3. RealLifeThoughts says

    Damn shame…can’t help but think him getting outplayed by Harrelson last nite had something to do with this. He has so much potential it’d be a shame if he takes the JR Rider route & bounces around the league till he’s burned his last bridge. Problem for Sac is, they’ll never be able to get equal value for his talent because of his attitude. He needs to play for a coach & w/a veteran player he respects & even then there’s no guarantee. Him & the Kings remind me of Blatche & the Wizards. Very young teams no real veteran leadership. This is what Charles Barkley was referring to on those Open Court shows on NBATV. These young guys have no Dr.J, Mo Cheeks types to lead them. They only have other young cocky players like themselves.

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