After being suspended indefinitely, DeMarcus Cousins is back with the Sacramento Kings. According to Kings beat writer Jason Jones, the Kings have reinstated DeMarcus, who was back at practice this morning. He missed one practice and one game.
“I want to be in Sacramento,” he told USA TODAY Sports.
Asked if he wanted to be in Sacramento for the long term and if he could see himself wanting to sign another contract with the team either this summer (by way of an extension) or when his rookie deal expires after next season and he would become a restricted free agent, Cousins paused for some three seconds before answering.
“I want to be in Sacramento,” he repeated. “The possibility does exist. It’s a possibility.”
Cousins spoke to head coach Keith Smart yesterday and is expected to address his teammates at some point today. He has been advised by the team to begin seeing a mental health consultant. Teammate Chuck Hayes had this to say about Cousins’ situation:
“It’s hard,” veteran Kings forward and fellow Kentucky product Chuck Hayes said. “We’ve always got that one family member who always does their own thing…and you don’t always agree with their ways. But you still love them, and they’re still family.
“Not so much of a crazy uncle, just that uncle that just kind of (makes you) raise your eyebrows, like ‘Why did he do that?’ But he’s still family here. We still have him here. We’re not writing him off. It’s just every now and then a family member needs some discipline, needs to be told what to do, and that’s what’s happening. When he’s ready to come back, we’d love to have him.”
For the time being, it looks like he’s back with his Sacramento family.