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Sunday , Apr , 22 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Tyreke Evans and Kings to split?

As @mr_jasonjones noted, Tyreke Evans' agent, Arn Tellem, made a rare appearance tonight to express his concerns about the former Rookie of the Year's role. He met with Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie, Evans' brother, Reggie, and another Tellem rep as well. Source close to Evans says he's frustrated with how marginalized he's become. Evans' reps are encouraging him to be more vocal about his perspective going forward. No extension discussions (he's eligible this summer), FWIW.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lost in the arena chatter is the fact that Tyreke Evans is clearly miffed with the Sacramento Kings.

Evans, who posted impressive numbers in his first season with the Kings and was named  co-Rookie of the Year, is a specimen at 6-5, 220 pounds.

While physically mature, the pre-to-pro star lacks a feel for the game that often alienates those around him like former coach Paul Westphal and teammate DeMarcus Cousins.

The hope was that Evans would eventually develop, for lack of a better term, a basketball IQ to match his frame, wingspan, and strength. Well, it hasn’t happened. Here’s the question: will it ever happen in Sacramento?

The answer will come this summer when the Kings and Evans start negotiating a long-term pact. The Kings would probably like to keep Evans, but don’t want to pay him anything near the maximum. While Evans, and those around him, will likely demand the maximum.

The difference between the team and Evans’ position will reveal much about the future. Of course, the Maloof family, who own the Kings, are heavily in debt and may not be able to swing a fair extension -even if they decided to keep Evans.

A trade is possible. Evans was nearly sent to the Golden State Warriors in mid-March, but the club preferred to go big and sent Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks for Andrew Bogut.

Bottom line: Evans has talent. Will Sacramento figure out how to use it, though?

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Thursday , Jan , 05 , 2012 Paul Eide

Paul Westphal Had To Go

Somewhere, Reggie Theus is laughing.

Theus’ 38 win season in his only full year as coach in 2007-08 is the highest win total for the Kings since 44 wins during the 05-06 season, which was also the last season the team made the playoffs. In three full seasons since, the Kings have won a total of 66 games- ouch.

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Tuesday , Jan , 03 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Sacramento owner Joe Maloof: we’re not trading Cousins

"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him." They might have considered picking up the phone, though, and placing a pre-emptive courtesy call to Cousins' agent, John Greig. That would have been prudent and mature and pre-emptive, and a clear indication that, amid the stormy season's start, cooler heads indeed will prevail.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/02/4157257/tip-of-the-iceberg.html#mi_rss=Kings/NBA#storylink=cpy
"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him." They might have considered picking up the phone, though, and placing a pre-emptive courtesy call to Cousins' agent, John Greig. That would have been prudent and mature and pre-emptive, and a clear indication that, amid the stormy season's start, cooler heads indeed will prevail.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/02/4157257/tip-of-the-iceberg.html#mi_rss=Kings/NBA#storylink=cpy
"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him." They might have considered picking up the phone, though, and placing a pre-emptive courtesy call to Cousins' agent, John Greig. That would have been prudent and mature and pre-emptive, and a clear indication that, amid the stormy season's start, cooler heads indeed will prevail.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/01/02/4157257/tip-of-the-iceberg.html#mi_rss=Kings/NBA#storylink=cpy

"We leave that stuff (the benching) to the basketball people," Kings co-owner Joe Maloof said before tipoff, "but we're not trading him."

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HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Deny, deny, and deny again.

Forget their public statements because the Sacramento Kings would consider a fair offer for disgruntled post DeMarcus Cousins.

After all, the second year man, while talented, is too emotional. In his sixteen month pro career, Cousins has clashed with teammates, coaches, and assistant coaches.

Cutting ties is an option, however, the key word is fair.

But to get fair or equal value in a trade, the Kings must appear to have little interest in moving Cousins. Putting him out on the trading block would result in opposing GMs  lowballing the Kings.

Expect the Kings and Cousins to play nice until another GM makes that fair offer.

Of course, there's a twist. Cousins' main issue is with coach Paul Westphal, who is a lame-duck sideline boss in the final year of his contract.

Westphal is on shaky ground, and perhaps he leaves before Cousins. 

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Monday , Jan , 02 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: DeMarcus Cousins asks Sacramento Kings for trade?

“He can only have so many chances and something has to be done.  And it’s time something has to be done.”  Westphal is not sure if Cousins will travel with the team on their two game road trip that begins on Tuesday in Memphis.  He did say that Cousins needed to do some “soul searching” and that he hopes that, “DeMarcus has a change of heart and joins up with full reinstatement, that’s really up to him and I hope that.”

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: There are conflicting reports on whether DeMarcus Cousins demanded a trade.

However, there’s little doubt the young big does not fit with the Sacramento Kings. Cousins, who is not with the team, has a longstanding feud with coach Paul Westphal and doesn’t gel with guard Tyreke Evans.

Last year, he was suspended, reprimanded, and told by management to change. And the second year post supposedly came into the season in better spirits.

Until this.

Unfortunately, GM Geoff Petrie is in a bind. Teams will lowball the Kings with trade offers, knowing they want to move Cousins and minimize the distraction.

Of course, Cousins is young, skilled, and was taken with a high lottery pick, so the Kings have much invested in him and will want something back.

Bottom line: this dispute could continue for some time.

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Sunday , Feb , 13 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

A Royal Mess: Cousins fights Greene over pass to Evans?

Sacramento Kings rookie DeMarcus Cousins got into an altercation with teammate Donte Greene after Cousins didn't get the ball on the final possession of a 99-97 loss to Oklahoma City Saturday night, two league sources said, with one source adding that Cousins was not allowed to join the team for its flight to Phoenix for a game Sunday night.

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: If you haven’t figured it out, something is wrong with the Sacramento Kings.

Very wrong.

It’s bigger than who takes the last shot against the Oklahoma City Thunder. It’s bigger than coach against player. It’s bigger than two blue-chip talents losing their cool after a tough defeat.

The Kings are in a power struggle: Tyreke Evans versus DeMarcus Cousins. Last year’s Rookie of the Year against the temperamental but talented fifth overall pick from the 2010 draft.

Evans is used to having carte blanche or total freedom with the Kings’ offensive sets, while Cousins, who has played well of late, has recently been voicing his displeasure with this arrangement.

Take last night’s loss to the Thunder. Cousins wanted the ball for the final shot. He was unhappy with teammate Donte Greene for passing directly to Evans, who missed a game-winning three-pointer.

Cousins let Greene know how he felt after the play on-court and in the locker room before post-game interviews. Cooler heads did not prevail on the team plane, where an altercation between Cousins and Greene took place.

For now, Cousins has been removed from the team. It remains to be seen if this is a short or long-term punishment.

Here’s what we know: something is off with the Kings. Perhaps it’s the team’s young stars. Perhaps it’s Coach Paul Westphal. Perhaps it’s the team’s uncertain future in Sacramento. Perhaps it’s all three. 

However, it’s time for veteran executive Geoff Petrie to take control. Enough is enough. If Westphal must go, so be it. If Cousins must go, so be it.

Things are far trickier with Evans. Yes, he’s a potential superstar, but his play has been mixed in 2011 and he has made poor choices on-and-off court.

Giving up on the 20-year old swing could be a colossal blunder. Given the right situation, he could blossom into an elite, crème de la crème type player.

In Sacramento, Evans is part of the problem. Not the solution. Right now, Petrie needs solutions –even if there’s not an easy one to be had.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Dec , 23 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Westphal and Kings ‘Choking’ with DeMarcus Cousins

Westphal said he didn't see what Cousins did until watching the replay of the game. He said he announced the fine only because Cousins' action happened publicly.

"It's unprofessional, childish, embarrassing, and it won't be tolerated," the coach said. When asked if Cousins got that message, Westphal left that open for debate. "He's been told that," Westphal said. "I don't know what he understands."

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HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: What was the worst thing you did at 19?

You don’t have to admit what you did; however, you and I know it was worse than making a choke sign at another player during an NBA game.

Well, that was DeMarcus Cousins’ crime.

The Sacramento Kings’ teenage power forward made a choking gesture at the Golden State Warriors’ Reggie Williams after he missed the first of two free throws. 

(The crime.)

Sure, Cousins was wrong. And sure, he deserves to be punished.

However, Coach Paul Westphal declared jihad, bashing him to reporters, fining him, and removing him from the starting line-up.

Worst of all, instead of making choke-gate a ‘teachable’ moment, Westphal publicly embarrassed Cousins and implied he wasn’t a good person.

Would Westphal have reacted the same way if, say, Hall of Fame post Kevin Garnett made a choking gesture?

Would Westphal have reacted the same way towards Cousins if the Kings won the game, weren’t sitting at 5-21, and his job wasn’t on the line?

Westphal’s reaction says as much about him as the choke gesture does about Cousins. There’s a difference, though. Westphal is an adult, Cousins is a kid.

It’s Westphal’s job to teach, groom, and mentor Cousins, as well as criticize him. Instead the Kings have Sam Dalembert preaching professionalism to Cousins.

Oh, the irony. Dalembert, of course, quit the Canadian national in the middle of the Olympic qualifying tournament, routinely showed up late for practice with the Philadelphia 76ers, and is often referred to by league sources as a cancer.

This is the state of the Kings. And Cousins’ behaviour is a reflection of their failures as an organization.

Hopefully, executive Geoff Petrie is taking note. Hopefully, the Maloof brothers, who own the team, are taking note.

It’s time for change in Sacramento.  And we`re not talking about removing Cousins from the starting line-up.

--Oly Sandor.

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