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DeMarcus Cousins Reportedly Joins Kings On Road After Being Held Out Sunday

Kings big man DeMarcus Cousins has requested a trade. Is a storm on the horizon in Sactown?

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DeMarcus Cousins Releases Statement Denying Trade Request

DeMarcus Cousins continued to deny that he has requested a trade from the Sacramento Kings in a statement released late Monday and published by's Sam Amick. In the statement, Cousins denied that he demanded a trade, as Kings coach Paul Westphal claimed the young center had on Sunday. Cousins also said that he disagreed with the coach's actions, which included sending the center home from the team on Sunday, and holding him out of Sacramento's game against the New Orleans Hornets. The Kings won that game 96-80.

Cousins is with the team in Memphis as the Kings prepare for their only back-to-back-to-back of the season. The Kings play the Grizzlies on Tuesday; the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones reports that Cousins will dress on Tuesday but will not start. Westphal benched Cousins as a form of discipline last season, as well. The Kings have just 12 players in Memphis, as two youngsters -- Hassan Whiteside and Tyler Honeycutt -- were assigned to Sacramento's D-League affiliate on Sunday.

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DeMarcus Cousins Reportedly Joins Kings For Road Trip

DeMarcus Cousins is traveling with the Sacramento Kings as the team embarks on a road trip, reports's Sam Amick, citing sources. Cousins was sent home by Kings coach Paul Westphal on Sunday due to alleged attitude problems. The center, who is No. 4 in the NBA in per-game rebounding, missed Sacramento's 96-80 win over the New Orleans Hornets on Sunday.

The Kings play against the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday and the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday. The team will fly home from Texas late Wednesday to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. It's the team's only back-to-back-to-back of the season.

In a statement released to the press on Sunday evening, Westphal alleged that Cousins had demanded to be traded. Cousins' agent immediately denied the claim. Westphal also told the media that the supposed trade demand was the "tip of the iceberg" with Cousins.

The Kings are 2-3. They have not made the playoffs since 2006.

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