Sacramento Kings’ Demarcus Cousins Demands Trade

After just one season in Sacramento, DeMarcus Cousins is seeking a trade.

VIA Associated Press/ESPN

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento Kings and DeMarcus Cousins abruptly began to sever ties Sunday after the team said the promising young center demanded a trade.

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If a talented but immature DeMarcus Cousins somehow does put his act together, it’s likely to be on another team, writes’s J.A. Adande. Dime

Kings coach Paul Westphal released a statement before Sacramento hosted the New Orleans Hornets, criticizing Cousins’ commitment to the franchise and excusing him from the team’s game. He also confirmed that Cousins asked for a trade

“Whenever a new season begins, in any sport, there is great hope that everything will progress in only a steady, upward direction,” Westphal said. “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,” Westphal continued. “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.”

When reached by phone, Cousins’ agent, John Greig, said he wasn’t informed of the Kings’ decision until Westphal’s announcement. He declined comment when asked if Cousins requested a trade.

“I have no idea what the Kings are doing,” Greig said. “The fact that I’m just finding out about this announcement now speaks volumes about them.”

The Kings had been expecting big things from Cousins this season.

They had been optimistic that he would show improved maturity after a strong rookie campaign that also had its share of temper tantrums and blow-ups. While the comical Cousins off the court never disappeared, the team expected its up-and-coming big man would learn to control his emotions.

Sacramento drafted Cousins with the fifth overall pick in 2010 after he spent one season at Kentucky. The 21-year-old Cousins was averaging 13 points and 11 rebounds in 27 minutes per game this season.

Cousins’ behavior has been well documented going back to high school and his one season at Kentucky, mixing in dramatic and astonishing plays with outbursts against players, coaches, trainers and referees. His conditioning has been questioned and so has his work ethic, however, he showed up for training camp in prime condition and appeared ready for a breakout season.

Teamed with 2009-10 Rookie of the Year Tyreke Evans, Cousins was expected to anchor the frontline for a young and emerging roster in the deep Western Conference. Sacramento finished 24-58 last season and missed the playoffs for the fifth straight year, although a late-season surge behind a healthy Evans provided hope that maybe the Kings aren’t that far off from making the postseason again.

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Boston Celtics Take 3-0 Series Lead Over NY Knicks

I would say that last night was the Knicks only chance to get something done in the series with the Celtics. It was all the Celtics last night though. Rajon Rondo had a triple double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, and 20 assist in a 113-96 game 3 victory over the Knicks.

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John Wall Selected As The Overall No. 1 Pick In NBA Draft

John Wall was selected last night as the overall No. 1 draft pick in the NBA Draft by the Washington Wizards. The 76ers picked Evan Turner at No. 2. This was not as much of an interesting draft because of next week’s highly anticipated start of free agency with a lot of marquis names on the block.

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Allen Iverson Not Returning To Philadelphia 76ers

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NCAA Basketball: No. 4 Syracuse 95 – No. 8 Villanova 77

Syracuse has been on fire this season and they continued their success last night. Six Syracuse players scored in double figures as the Orange rolled over Villanova, 95-77. Scoop Jardin had 16 points off the bench in the big win. Look for Syracuse to move up in the rankings and be closer to sealing a No. 1 seed for March Madness.

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