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Dave Joerger: DeMarcus Cousins 'Has Grown In How He Handles His Business'

Dec 5, 2016 1:59 PM

The player-coach partnership DeMarcus Cousins has forged with Dave Joerger could be the best of his career.

"He’s a sweetheart," Joerger says without a hint of irony. "We get along great."

"He’s amazingly talented," Joerger continued. "We watched his talent get better every year from the other sideline. Like man, this guy just keeps getting better. And then when I got to coach him, I’m like, holy cow. He is incredibly talented. And then, the way that he has gone about his business and grown. Again from the other sideline to now here, he has really grown in the way he handles his business. Whether it’s practice, shootarounds, games, dealing with officials, handling adversity. Those two things have impressed me."

Cousins will be a free agent in 2018 and his future with the Sacramento Kings is uncertain as they continue to work towards becoming a playoff team.

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Matt Barnes Allegedly Chokes Woman In New York Nightclub

Dec 5, 2016 10:38 AM

Matt Barnes is sought by New York City police after an alleged confrontation at a nightclub in Chelsea early Monday morning.

Barnes allegedly choked a woman and two others (a man and an additional woman) as they attempted to intervene.

Footage of the incident obtained by investigators appears to show Barnes was the assailant, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation who is not authorized to speak publicly because the investigation is ongoing.

Barnes and a teammate on the Sacramento Kings, believed to be DeMarcus Cousins, were not at the club when police arrived.

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Michael Malone 'Lockstep' With Josh Kroenke, Tim Connelly

Dec 4, 2016 2:57 PM

Michael Malone's second head coaching job in the NBA is with the Denver Nuggets, which has presented a more harmonious working environment than he found with the Sacramento Kings.

“Myself, Josh Kroenke our owner, Tim Connelly [the GM], we’re lockstep in everything we’re doing and we understand the process and what we’re trying to go through," said Malone. "There are growing pains when you’re young but this coming summer, if we’re able to nab a quality free agent, it would be a little bit less gray in my beard.”

Malone was hired by the Kings before they found their eventual general manager Pete D'Alessandro.

NBA players have resisted going to Denver but the Nuggets' players have tended to like it once they arrive.

“I think once you get guys to Denver, a lot of people fall in love with it,” Malone said. “We’ve have veterans on our team, Darrell Arthur, Gallinari, Wilson Chandler, they don’t want to leave. Darrell Arthur told his agent, ‘Listen, get it done with Denver, I don’t want to go anywhere else.’ I think that speaks more than anything I can say, the fact that once you’re there and the quality of life and how beautiful it is, I think Denver sells itself.”

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DeMarcus Cousins Hopes John Wall Will 'One Day Be In A Sacramento Uniform'

Nov 28, 2016 7:34 PM

DeMarcus Cousins spoke to the media before the Sacramento Kings played the Washington Wizards about the possibility of playing with John Wall.

Cousins was asked if he and Wall ever discuss the situations they presently find themselves in where they're playing for teams not presently considered contenders. Cousins and Wall were teammates at Kentucky.

"Do we ever talk about playing with one another? Is that your question? It's come up," said Cousins. "They're going to all come to Sac. Come to Sac."

Cousins won't be a free agent until 2018 but he is currently adamant about wanting to remain with the Kings. Wall won't be a free agent until 2019.

"He wants me here," said Cousins about Wall. "Eric (Bledsoe) wants us in Phoenix."

Cousins was asked if he thinks there will ever be a time when he plays with Wall.

"You never know. Maybe. There might be a time we team up in a rec league after we retire or something. You never know."

Cousins was finally asked if playing with Wall is something he would want.

"Play with John and Eric again... you never know what will happen. It's the NBA, so hopefully one day he'll be in a Sacramento uniform," said Cousins.

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Tags: DeMarcus Cousins, John Wall, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards, NBA, NBA Trade Rumor, NBA Misc Rumor

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Kevin Martin Retires After 12 NBA Seasons

Nov 27, 2016 2:36 PM

Kevin Martin has announced his retirement from the NBA.

Martin spent last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves and the San Antonio Spurs. Martin played 12 years total in the league, most notably with the Sacramento Kings and Houston Rockets.

"My family and close friends have known since June of the direction I wanted my life to go. Those were the toughest conversations that I have ever had but with the ultimate support I knew I was making the right decision," Martin wrote in the advertisement published in his local newspaper in Ohio.

Martin was traded by the Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the James Harden trade.

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Kings Give Omri Casspi's Agent Permission To Seek Trade Partners

Nov 25, 2016 1:00 PM

The Sacramento Kings have given the representatives of Omri Casspi permission to search out potential trade partners. Dan Fegan represents Casspi as well as DeMarcus Cousins.

Casspi hasn't been part of Dave Joerger's rotations plans so far this season.

Casspi enjoyed a career year in 15-16 under George Karl.

Casspi will be a free agent in the 2017 offseason.

Marc Stein/ESPN

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Kings Could Be 'Starting To Get Sick Of DeMarcus Cousins'

Nov 23, 2016 12:25 PM

DeMarcus Cousins will be a free agent in 2018 and the Sacramento Kings still don't look like a probable playoff team. The Kings have two more trade deadlines and an offseason to consider trading Cousins.

Cousins is averaging 26.9 points, 9.6 rebounds and 3.5 assists with a PER of 27.3 this season.

The relationship between Cousins and the Kings' management has been at times tumultuous. 

"I've had a couple of guys from other teams tell me they're starting to hear the Kings are starting to get sick of Cousins," said Lowe. "No one knows who's making the decisions from the ownership level, not who's making the decisions, but there's just so many voices among ownership. They have a million minority owners. Vlade (Divac) and Ken Catanella; there's just a lot of voices and no one knows who quite to listen to."

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Omri Casspi, Dave Joerger Haven't Talked Since Preseason

Nov 21, 2016 2:24 PM

Omri Casspi remains outside the Sacramento Kings' rotation and his situation hasn't been discussed with Dave Joerger.

"We haven't talked since preseason," said Casspi. 

Casspi is an eight-year veteran that has typically featured in faster small lineups.

“I am at the point in my career where I am trying to do whatever I can to help the team,” Casspi said. “Just waiting for my opportunity.”

Joerger was recently asked if he's considered replacing Rudy Gay with Casspi.

“You want me to give him some of Rudy’s minutes? Yeah, that’s not happening,” Joerger said.

Casspi is in the final season of his current deal.

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Kings Assign Georgios Papagiannis To D-League

Nov 21, 2016 1:44 PM

The Sacramento Kings have assigned rookie center Georgios Papagiannis to the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.

Papagiannis has accrued averages of 10.3 points (.467 FG%, .750 FT%), 6.7 rebounds and 2.34 blocks in 29.2 minutes per game in three appearances for the Bighorns this season.

Papagiannis was the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Kings Ready To Start Playing Small

Nov 19, 2016 2:44 PM

The Sacramento Kings will begin to play smaller after losing four straight games.

The Kings have been starting Kosta Koufos at center with DeMarcus Cousins at power forward. After falling behind by 26 points to the Los Angeles Clippers in the first half, Sacramento shifted to a lineup with Cousins at center, Rudy Gay at power forward, Arron Afflalo at small forward along with Ty Lawson and Darren Collison in a dual point guard backcourt.

“I’ve seen enough,” Dave Joerger said. “We’re going to play small. DeMarcus is going to play center. I don’t know who else will play with him. It just gives us more zip, more life, more experience. That’s not any detriment to anyone else or what they’ve done.”

Joerger will have to sort out which players fit best around Cousins.

The Kings had more energy after the lineup change.

“We have five skill guys then,” Joerger said. “You can’t cheat, you can’t roam, you have to play everybody. It gave us another dimension in the pick-and-roll, having two playmakers out there.”

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

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Thunder Remain Interested In Trading For Rudy Gay
Rudy Gay would allow them to slide Victor Oladipo to a 6th man role and Andre Roberson to shooting guard.

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Execs Believe DeMarcus Cousins Trade Talks Could Begin In December
The Kings aren't ready to give up on the current season and will evaluate the team following their five straight home games.

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Kings Not Ready To Explore Trade Scenarios
Sacramento is withholding making judgments about their roster until they see a full set of games with Darren Collison.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Shaq: Kings Could Consider Trading DeMarcus Cousins If Situation Doesn't Improve
Shaquille O'Neal is a minority owner with the Kings and spoke about the continued uncertain future of DeMarcus Cousins this week.

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Papagiannis, Labissiere, Malachi Richardson Assigned By Kings To D-League
The Kings have assigned all three of their rookies to the D-League.

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Kings Open To Trading Willie Cauley-Stein
Willie Cauley-Stein has been seeking a bigger role than he has so far received under Dave Joerger.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jordan Farmar Waived By Kings
In two games played with the Kings this season, Jordan Farmar averaged 6.0 points (.333 FG%, 4-9 3pt), 1.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists.

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DeMarcus Cousins: I Like Dave Joerger And He Likes Me
Dave Joerger replaced George Karl, who had a tenuous relationship with DeMarcus Cousins.

Jason Jones/Sacramento Bee

Mavs Expected To Pursue DeMarcus Cousins In 2018
DeMarcus Cousins signed a four-year, $62 million contract extension in 2013 with the Kings.

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Kings Purchase Controlling Interest In D-League's Bighorns
The Bighorns and Kings have been affiliated since the 2008-09 season, Reno's inaugural NBA D-League campaign.

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Rudy Gay Preparing To Remain With Kings For Entire 16-17 Season
Rudy Gay has been mentioned in multiple trade rumors less than a week before the start of the season.

Joe Davidson/Sacramento Bee

Kings, Thunder Held Serious Rudy Gay For Cameron Payne Talks
The Kings are searching for a solution at point guard and Rudy Gay doesn't figure to remain with the team long-term.

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Wolves Plan To Keep Ricky Rubio Until Kris Dunn Establishes Himself
The Timberwolves are receiving trade interest from several teams on Ricky Rubio.

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Ben McLemore Unlikely To Sign Extension With Kings
Ben McLemore will instead become a restricted free agent in 2017.

Chris Haynes/ESPN

Ty Lawson Cleared To Return To Kings
Vlade Divac said the team is satisfied with Ty Lawson's explanation that a "personal issue" caused him to miss the flight Friday from Las Vegas to Kentucky.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Ty Lawson To Meet With Kings After Missing Team Flight
Ty Lawson was late to a Kings shootaround in Las Vegas earlier this week, then missed the team's trip east.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Vivek Ranadive Apologizes, Accepts Responsibility For Prior Issues
Vivek Ranadive apologized to Geoff Petrie and his staff for comments he made about them not wanting to remain with the Kings when he took control of the franchise in 2013.

Ailene Voisin/Sacramento Bee

Geoff Petrie Calls Ranadive Interview 'Sophomoric Attempt At Revisionist History'
Geoff Petrie responded strongly to a Vivek Ranadive interview in which he reflected upon his three-and-a-half years owning the Kings.

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Heat, Kings Have Had 'Vague Trade Talks' Since July
Sacramento has a huge need for an upgrade at point guard with Darren Collison and Ty Lawson on their depth chart.

Zach Lowe/ESPN

George Karl's Attempts To Trade DeMarcus Cousins Confirmed
Vivek Ranadive confirmed that George Karl attempted to trade DeMarcus Cousins when he was head coach of the Kings.

Sam Amick/USA Today