Head Coach Paul Westphal addressed media about DeMarcus Cousins’ trade demand before tonight’s Hornets/Kings game. Below are a few points of interest pulled from the scrum with Westphal on the developing drama surrounding the Kings big man.
- Westphal says Cousins has demanded to be traded twice. The most recent trade demand came last night. However, the first request came Christmas Eve – on the final day of training camp. At the end of practice, Westphal and Cousins spoke one-on-one and the Kings center appeared visibly frustrated during the conversation. During media availability following practice, Cowbell Kingdom asked Westphal about the exchange, but he refused to comment.
- According to Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick, Cousins’ agent John Greig denied the trade request. Commenting on the denial, Westphal said: “Well, it’s interesting that he told me before he told his agent, but he told me twice. So it’s silly to have the agent deny it just because he didn’t get a call before DeMarcus talked to me that’s the easiest one of all to answer.”
- Westphal doesn’t know if Cousins will be on the upcoming road trip that includes stops in Memphis and Denver. The trip is also the start of the Kings’ only back-to-back-to-back set of games this season.
- When asked if the Kings will explore trading Cousins, Westphal said: “You’ll have to ask Geoff (Petrie) about that.”