December 1, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin (32) guards Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) during the game at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Kings Reinstate Cousins From Suspension


Many perhaps thought that DeMarcus Cousins’s suspension would last a bit longer, as after missing just one game, Cousins has been reinstated by the Kings, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Dec. 17, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (L) drives the ball in the first half against the Phoenix Suns forward Luis Scola (14) at US Airways Center. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Stewart-USA TODAY Sports

With that said, Cousins still may not play Wednesday against Portland, says Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee. Jones also reported that the team planned only to suspend him for one game. That is, if he apologized, which he did over the weekend. Still, very few people within the Kings’ organization are happy to have him back in action. Cousins practiced today (Monday) with the team in Sacramento.

The Kings haven’t entirely ruled out the possibility of trading the third-year forward. In fact, they are indeed listening to offers, but there are no teams willing to give up “real assets,” reports Chirs Mannix of Sports Illustrated. Cousins, however, wants to remain in Sacramento when asked about his future with the Kings.

So, it’s a tricky situation. In hindsight, if Cousins didn’t have attitude problems, the Kings probably wouldn’t be in this position. At 9-18, they aren’t completely out of the things in the Western Conference. Granted, things aren’t looking so bright in Sac-Town at the moment, but they have plenty of games left to be competitors, at least.

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