The Sacramento Kings are in shambles following yet another DeMarcus Cousins breakdown Friday night.
As Pro Basketball Talk pointed out, there was friction in the locker room before the game, but it seems as if tempers boiled over during halftime of Friday’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
From the Sacramento Bee:
Smart on why Cousins didn’t play in the second half:
“It was conduct detrimental to the team and we left it at.”
Smart on if Cousins would play Sunday against Portland:
“I’m going to focus on tonight and then I’ll move forward to the next day.”
Cousins said he “was in the wrong” during halftime.
Cousins was then asked what he could do to avoid further situations where attention was on his actions off the court.
“Don’t talk back. That’s the thing. I shouldn’t have responded back. Should have accepted what was said and stayed quiet.”
Cousins said the situation was humbling.
“I messed up. I’m apologizing to all my teammates for it, for responding the way I did, and we’ll move on from it…I grow from all of my mistakes.”
But this isn’t the first time Cousins has butted heads with a member of his team. Cousins has had multiple encounters on, and off the court while in Sacramento, including a locker room fight with a teammate in 2011. What Cousins, and Tyreke Evans, need is a change of scenery.
What the Kings would receive: Avery Bradley, Ian Mahinmi and Tyler Hansbrough
Sacramento gets a young, flourishing defensive stopper in Bradley, a center to replace Cousins and energy off the bench in Hansbrough.
What the Boston Celtics would receive: DeMarcus Cousins and D.J. Augustin
Boston gets their franchise big man in Cousins and a suitable replacement behind Rajon Rondo. This would allow Courtney Lee to move into the starting position and it would move Leandro Barbosa into a Sixth Man spot.
What the Indiana Pacers would receive: Tyreke Evans, Jason Terry, Fab Melo, first rounder from Boston and a second rounder from Sacramento
Indiana would get Evans, who is trying to reignite his career after falling out of favor in Sacramento, Terry to lead the bench and a developing center in Melo.
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