Kings Rumors & News

  • Divac feels Kings are better off after Cousins trade: 'If I'm wrong, I'll step down'

    Sacramento Bee "A week after Monday’s stunning trade that sent Kings All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans for rookie Buddy Hield, the Pelicans’ first- and second-round draft choices in 2017, along with Tyreke Evans and Langston Galloway, general manager Vlade Divac sat down with Bee columnist Ailene..." February 26

  • Sacramento Kings Center Kosta Koufos Has Repeatedly Stolen Underwear From His Teammates

    Complex "You'd be forgiven for thinking the Sacramento Kings might fade from the headlines after trading mercurial star DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans. The Kings are expected to tank in order to keep their first-round pick, so a lot of NBA fans have written them off for the rest of this..." February 26

  • Kaminsky, Hornets topple Cousins-less Kings

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Charlotte Hornets haven't been doing a whole lot of winning recently. Coach Steve Clifford acknowledges there are plenty of reasons for that, but that his players' collective desire has not been one of them. They reiterated that to him Saturday in a 99-85 matinee..." February 25

  • Buddy Hield has underwear stolen after his first game in Sacramento

    The Comeback "Rookie shooting guard Buddy Hield was the main piece the Sacramento Kings got back in the stunning trade which sent star big man DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans last week. The former Oklahoma Sooners star went on to score 16 points off the bench in his debut, which the Kings won..." February 25

  • Kings start new era with win over Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Kentucky product Willie Cauley-Stein dropped hints during the Kings' first practice after the All-Star break that he was ready to assert himself the way a former Wildcats big man used to do for Sacramento. He didn't mention that yet another former Kentucky product would..." February 24

  • Cousins: Kings trading me was 'a coward move'

    USA Today "DeMarcus Cousins took us all behind the scenes of his trade from the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans to The Undefeated, revealing just how emotional the move was for him. There are a couple of noteworthy moments, including how he said the Kings front office handled the leadup to..." February 24

  • Nuggets' Malone wonders 'what if' about Cousins, Kings

    CSN Bay Area "It seems like yesterday that Michael Malone was leading a Sacramento Kings team featuring DeMarcus Cousins, Isaiah Thomas and Rudy Gay into battle every night. Less than three years later, only Gay remains with the franchise and he’s out for the season with a torn left Achilles. Thomas left..." February 24

  • Reports: Kings front office rushed to trade DeMarcus Cousins, fearing owner would change mind

    Pro Basketball Talk "Why did the Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins late Sunday night? Might they have gotten a better off than the Pelicans’ piddly package by waiting until closer to Thursday’s trade deadline? Kings general manager Vlade Divac felt pressure on multiple fronts. First, as he said, he had a better offer..." February 23

  • Sacramento Radio Guy Pulled Off Air Over Anti-Vlade Divac Rant

    Deadspin "Damien Barling is a co-host of The Lo-Down, a sports talk radio show on Sacramento’s KHTK 1140. Like most everyone, Barling was unhappy with the Kings torpedoing their future by trading DeMarcus Cousins to the Pelicans for garbage. He recently relayed his dissatisfaction with the Kings on his..." February 23

  • With less than 24 hours left, NBA trade deadline heats up

    KSL "We're not under 24 hours until the NBA's trade deadline. Here's what's going on with the Jazz and around the NBA. Derrick Favors trade looks unlikely Monday, ESPN's Zach Lowe reported that the Jazz have tested the market for Derrick Favors, seeing what kind of interest there is in the Jazz's..." February 22

  • DeMarcus Cousins was ‘praying’ for a better supporting cast with Sacramento

    Larry Brown Sports "Now that DeMarcus Cousins has been freed from basketball purgatory in Sacramento, he’s giving a little bit of a glimpse into his mindset during his time with the Kings. Cousins admitted that he spent a long time desperately hoping the Kings would get Cousins a stronger supporting cast to help..." February 22

  • The Kings Are The Worst Organization In Sports

    Uproxx "It took just 12 days for Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac to break the promise he made to DeMarcus Cousins and the city of Sacramento. Divac had a “face-to-face meeting” with Cousins earlier this month, promising him he would not be traded, and then he spoke with ESPN’s Marc Stein to..." February 22

  • Report: Jeanie Buss Was Allegedly Upset Jim & Kupchak Wouldn’t Trade Ingram For DeMarcus Cousins, So She Fired Them

    Total Pro Sports "Los Angeles Lakers part owner and President Jeanie Buss is not to be messed with. On Tuesday, Jeanie was sick and tired of the Los Angeles Lakers not being able to get stars to turn this franchise around that she went ahead and fired GM Mitch Kupchak and her brother Jim Buss from their..." February 21

  • Ending Contracts To Watch At The Deadline

    Basketball Insiders "The Ending Contracts With the 2017 NBA Trade Deadline approaching on Thursday, February 23 at 3 p.m. EST, there is more and more chatter in NBA circles, and the biggest questions facing NBA teams is what to do with their ending contract or possible ending contract players. The bulk of deals..." February 21

  • What DeMarcus Cousins trade means for Brook Lopez

    New York Post "With the Nets reportedly fielding calls and gauging interest in Brook Lopez as Thursday’s trade deadline approaches, what does Sunday’s DeMarcus Cousins deal do for Lopez’s value or Brooklyn’s odds of trading him? It sure doesn’t help. Not one bit. The Nets aren’t actively shopping Lopez the..." February 21

  • Big questions, lots of answers before NBA trade deadline

    ESPN "Only a week or so ago, most league executives anticipated a quiet deadline. So many teams were in desperate win-now mode, few would sell off quality veterans to the grease the trade wheels. Teams just outside the contender circle wouldn't mortgage the future for a suicide mission against Golden..." February 21

  • Kings swap Cousins for the chance to start over

    Sacramento Bee "The Kings had plenty of reasons to trade All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins, starting with the five-year, $209 million extension he would have commanded in the upcoming offseason. Then there are all the other reasons. The locker room eruptions. The mood swings. The profane outbursts against fans...." February 21

  • DeMarcus Cousins will miss out on close to $30 million due to Kings-Pelicans trade

    CBS Sports "Freed from the basketball purgatory that is the Sacramento Kings, DeMarcus Cousins is joining a dynamic team in the New Orleans Pelicans and could potentially be heading to the playoffs for the first time in his career this season. Yet while Cousins is one of the main winners in the trade that..." February 21

  • Lakers refused to include Ingram in Cousins talks with Kings

    NESN "If you haven’t heard by now, the Sacramento Kings traded All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. The Kings received Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and a 2017 second-round pick, but it appears their initial aim was much..." February 21

  • Thomas didn't encourage Celtics to go after Cousins

    Boston Herald "While the Celtics were ultimately not interested in DeMarcus Cousins, all indications from around the NBA are that Danny Ainge remains very much in pursuit of a marquee talent to significantly alter the club’s fortunes. The question for Ainge and his peers now is whether the Cousins deal will..." February 20

  • Kings GM Vlade Divac on Cousins trade: 'I had a better deal two days ago'

    CBS Sports "Starting off his press conference to discuss Sacramento trading All-Star DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans, Kings Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac joked with reporters on Monday that he thought he would have a chair to sit on instead of standing to..." February 20

  • Vlade Divac takes shot at DeMarcus Cousins in Kings statement

    Larry Brown Sports "Sacramento Kings general manager Vlade Divac sent a pretty clear message as to why the team traded DeMarcus Cousins. The Kings officially announced the Cousins deal on Monday, and in the statement doing so, Divac offered the usual thanks to Cousins for his contributions and wished him well...." February 20

  • Kings owner thinks Buddy Hield has ‘Steph Curry potential’

    Sportsnaut "If you were one of the millions of people baffled at how little the Sacramento Kings received in return for DeMarcus Cousins, more information has come out on the topic that could shed light on the issue. But be warned. In no way, shape or form should you have any beverage in your mouth as you..." February 20

  • Kings expected to waive Barnes to make room for Cousins trade

    CSN Bay Area "Matt Barnes has reportedly drawn the short straw. The Kings are expected to waive Barnes, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. After Sunday’s blockbuster trade that sent DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans for Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway, Tyreke Evans and picks, the..." February 20

  • Kings making Collison, McLemore, Afflalo available for trade

    Pro Basketball Talk "A driving force behind the Kings trading DeMarcus Cousins: Sacramento keeps its first-round pick in the loaded 2017 draft only if it lands in the top 10 (though the 76ers hold swap rights). Otherwise, the Kings’ pick conveys to the Bulls. Sacramento, only a half game better than the NBA’s..." February 20

  • Even '2K17' video game thinks the DeMarcus Cousins trade was unfair

    CBS Sports "After dealing their lone superstar, DeMarcus Cousins, to the New Orleans Pelicans for rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and two picks, the Sacramento Kings are for now, the clear losers of the trade. The deal was so bad that it was vigorously and hilariously mocked on Twitter..." February 20

  • Here's what Anthony Davis said about DeMarcus Cousins right before the Pelicans-Kings trade

    USA Today "Anthony Davis was already walking out of the NBA All-Star interview room, the last player or coach to be available to the media after Sunday’s game, when The Vertical’s report first dropped. The insane trade was real. But one reporter did ask Davis about the reports that the teams were..." February 20

  • In pairing Cousins with Anthony Davis, Pelicans' future second only to Warriors

    CBS Sports "An otherwise overblown and underwhelming NBA All-Star Game weekend, one that most thought would be defined by the story of Westbrook and KD and the superstar pair that was no more, turned Sunday night into something shocking and much more meaningful: A brand new pairing that could rewrite the..." February 20

  • DeMarcus Cousins Traded To New Orleans Pelicans

    ESPN "The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Buddy Hield, ‎Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, a 2017 first-round pick and future second-round pick, sources told ESPN. The Pelicans feel confident they can eventually re-sign..." February 20

  • Kings engaging in trade talks for Cousins

    Yardbarker "DeMarcus Cousins said this week that he wants to remain with the Sacramento Kings for the long haul, but it appears the feeling may not be mutual. Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported on Sunday that the Kings have been engaging in trade talks for Cousins. One of the teams the Kings..." February 19

  • Why does Cousins lead NBA in getting blocked? 'I can't jump'

    12 Up "DeMarcus Cousins is a great player, but one with a glaring flaw: a propensity for getting blocked. Like, a lot. How does a player so demonstrably good at everything else get blocked more than any other player in the NBA? There's apparently a pretty easy answer to this question. "I..." February 19

  • Magic turned down a deal to acquire DeMarcus Cousins

    Sportsnaut "The Orlando Magic seem to be doing everything possible to revamp what has become a struggling roster. The team moved Serge Ibaka to the Toronto Raptors earlier this month and has been engaged in trade talks surrounding Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson. It makes sense that Orlando would want..." February 17

  • DeMarcus Cousins 'very happy' with Kings, hopes to sign extension

    ESPN "DeMarcus Cousins says he intends to sign an extension with the Kings this summer, because he wants his "legacy to end in Sacramento" and his "jersey to be in the rafters in Sacramento." In an interview with SportsCenter on Thursday, the All-Star center said he considered Sacramento to be his..." February 17

  • Warriors roll into break with rout of Kings

    The Sports Xchange "OAKLAND, Calif. -- Less talent, more passion. It was a winning combination for the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night. Down at halftime and without Draymond Green for the rest of the game, an inspired Warriors squad vented the frustration of six consecutive substandard quarters..." February 16

  • The Kings can’t trade DeMarcus Cousins, and that’s their biggest problem

    Fox Sports "As the NBA trade deadline nears, there’s one big name who won’t be in play for teams looking to acquire a superstar. Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has his general manager’s word he won’t be traded before the Feb. 23 deadline, and with seemingly good reason. The Kings are set to offer..." February 16

  • Cousins pours in 40 points as Kings edge Lakers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- With the Los Angeles Lakers rarely double-teaming him, DeMarcus Cousins had a message for his Sacramento Kings teammates. "Feed me," Cousins said. Cousins scored 40 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and handed out eight assists, leading the Kings to a 97-96 victory over the..." February 15

  • DeMarcus Cousins says figuring out his technical foul problem will be ‘a process’

    USA Today "After picking up his 17th technical foul of the season — a league-high and one away from another suspension — in a win over the Pelicans on Sunday night, DeMarcus Cousins was frustrated. He told reporters he feels like he can’t play the way he wants to and is trying to change to help his team...." February 15

  • Cousins keeps cool, guides Kings past Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The officials finished looking at the replay, pointed at the Sacramento Kings bench and upheld the technical foul called on DeMarcus Cousins for throwing an inadvertent elbow late in the first quarter. With that, the Kings' franchise player took off for the team's..." February 13

  • Matt Barnes: DeMarcus Cousins must 'be himself' despite rep

    ESPN "Veteran Matt Barnes speaks from experience when he says All-Star teammate DeMarcus Cousins must "try to be himself without jeopardizing himself or the team" for the Sacramento Kings to make the playoffs. Barnes, in an interview with ESPN-Tencent's Yuan Fang on Sunday night after a 105-99 win..." February 13

  • Pelicans’ Buddy Hield delivers crotch shot to DeMarcus Cousins

    Fanrag Sports "New Orleans Pelicans rookie Buddy Hield went low on Sunday night during the team’s game against the Sacramento Kings, getting tossed out in the second quarter for a shot below the belt of Kings’ forward DeMarcus Cousins. On the rather long list of NBA players you don’t want to swipe at in that..." February 13

  • Collison, Kings put win over Hawks in the bank

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Huge deficits on their home floor have been as commonplace for the Sacramento Kings this season as the sight of DeMarcus Cousins picking up a technical foul. Against the Atlanta Hawks, neither trend proved to be disastrous. Cousins stayed out of trouble and Darren..." February 11

  • Kings and Hawks Troll NBA's New Social Media Policy on Twitter

    Complex "The NBA thinks things have become a little too savage between players and team accounts on Twitter. After Portland Trailblazers guard C.J. McCollum and Grizzlies forward Chandler Parsons recently got a little too heated for their taste, the NBA decided to squash the beef, and handed down new..." February 11

  • Collison, Kings end Celtics' win streak

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- They were without their leading scorer and rebounder. They lost one of their two starting guards to an injury before they'd played one half. And both things happened on a night when their former starting point guard -- the one creating MVP conversation -- was on the opposite..." February 09

  • Paul Pierce: Westbrook, Cousins only players with 'competitive fire' gene

    USA Today "Add Paul Pierce to the list of NBA players — both current and former — who have been critical of the level of competition in today's NBA in recent weeks. Making an appearance on Mike & Mike on Wednesday morning, the 39-year-old future Hall of Famer said that the league is far from what it used..." February 09

  • NBA, Take-Two to Create Professional Videogame League

    Fox Sports "Think you’re one of the best NBA 2K players on the planet? Now, you’ll be able to prove it — and maybe even make a living doing it. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced plans Wednesday to launch the NBA 2K eLeague, a new, professional..." February 09

  • Adrian Wojnarowski Is Close To Joining ESPN

    Deadspin "NBA scoopmaster Adrian Wojnarowski is close to an agreement to leave Yahoo and join ESPN, according to multiple sources, a huge shakeup in the basketball reporting world that will have a wider-reaching effects beyond where you get your news. And according to one source, Wojnarowski isn’t the only..." February 08

  • Dave Joerger: Limiting future technicals a ‘good challenge’ for DeMarcus Cousins

    Larry Brown Sports "Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger thinks DeMarcus Cousins has set himself up for a unique challenge. Cousins is serving a one-game suspension Wednesday night for collecting his 16th technical foul of the season. From this point forward, Cousins will face additional discipline for every two..." February 08

  • DeMarcus Cousins deactivates Twitter, Instagram accounts

    Larry Brown Sports "The DeMarcus Cousins chronicles continue, just not on social media. The mercurial Sacramento Kings center has deactivated his Twitter and Instagram accounts, as pointed out by Sacramento radio host Dave Carmichael. A search of Cousins’ “BoogieCousins” accounts yields results saying the pages..." February 08

  • Wade's 31 points power Bulls' win at Sacramento

    The Sports Xchange "SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Dwyane Wade had three days to stew after he mishandled the Chicago Bulls' chance for a last-second victory over the Houston Rockets. Given another opportunity Monday against the Sacramento Kings, he had only one thing on his mind. "I knew if I was in position, I was..." February 07

  • Report: NBA also reduces projected 2018-19 salary cap to $103 million

    Pro Basketball Talk "Adam Silver said he dislikes the 1+1 contracts signed by players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The NBA commissioner might soon see players lock into longer deals more often and switch teams less often. Not only does it now project the 2017-18 salary cap to reach just $102 million, the..." February 07