Things don’t look great right now in Sacramento. According to a number or sources the Kings coach Paul Westphal says that Cousins has demanded a trade. Here is his statement:
“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.”
That is the Kings’ side of things. Demarcus’s agent however says that is not correct. He told SI.com:
DeMarcus never demanded a trade. I’m surprised the Kings, if they believe the player wanted a trade, wouldn’t have made a phone call to his representative. Maybe Westphal is just feeling the heat early this season.
So at this point we do not know. What we do know is that all is not well in Sacramento. This story in the Sacramento Bee after last night’s loss to the Knicks suggests that the entire team is unhappy with the way Westphal is running his team and comments from guys like Chuck Hayes do make one wonder. Either way, I am a huge Demarcus Cousins fan both as a player and a person, and I hope all turns out well with him. He is a misunderstood guy who is genuinely a very good human being and I hope that whatever distraction is taking place will end up resolving amicably.