Video: Paul Westphal addresses DeMarcus Cousins trade demand

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.”



About: James Ham

James Ham is the senior editor of Cowbell Kingdom, providing extensive Kings coverage through news analysis, in-depth interviews with players and staff and daily coverage of breaking news since 2010. Along with providing original content for the site, including the Cowbell Kingdom Podcast and his weekly Sunday Musings column, James also contributes to and is one of the producers behind the award-winning, independent documentary film "Small Market, Big Heart".