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Kings Notes: Cousins, Casspi, Gay, Stauskas

Kings coach Dave Joerger has gone back to a bigger starting lineup in an effort to improve the team’s defense, according to Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee. Kosta Koufos is back with the starters, being used at center with DeMarcus Cousins at power forward. Joerger briefly tried a small-ball starting lineup, but wasn’t satisfied with the results. “I’m trying to protect DeMarcus a little bit by letting Kosta take the hits on a bigger guy like [Washington Wizards center Marcin] Gortat,” Joerger said. “And defensively more pick-and-rolls and try to save [Cousins’] legs for the end.” 

There’s more news out of Sacramento:

  • Cousins continues to put up incredible numbers, averaging 28.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per night, but the Kings need more production from their complementary players, writes James Ham of CSNBayArea“We’ve just got to be better,” Omri Casspi said after Monday’s overtime loss at Washington. “Our bench guys and our role players have to do a better job of helping DeMarcus. It feels like he’s doing anything he can to win the game for us. We’ve just got to be better.”
  • Rudy Gay confirmed that he has left Octagon Basketball, tweets Sam Amick of USA Today. Gay, who has suggested that he won’t be re-signing with Sacramento after he becomes a free agent next summer, may be joining Roc Nation, an agency headed by rapper Jay Z (Twitter link). However, he told Jones that the change isn’t related to his impending free agency (Twitter link).
  • Nik Stauskas says it doesn’t bother him to hear that the Kings feel like they should have drafted someone else in 2014, Jones posts on Facebook. Owner Vivek Ranadive recently told Amick that he preferred Magic guard Elfrid Payton over Stauskas as the No. 8 pick. “Like I said, they did me a favor sending me here to Philadelphia,” Stauskas replied. “I’ve had a really good opportunity to play even though I hadn’t been performing though my first year with the Sixers. I’m thankful that the organization gave me an opportunity, they drafted me, but if they felt like the made a mistake by drafting me then they felt like they made a mistake. I can’t do anything about it now.”
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12 thoughts on “Kings Notes: Cousins, Casspi, Gay, Stauskas

  1. MatthewBaltimore23

    Wizards should try to get Cousins.

    • MatthewBaltimore23

      Just not for Wall or Beal because then we wouldn’t be improving much if at all.

      • JT19

        Cousins to Washington probably starts with Porter and/or Oubre.

    • nickbolts

      Cousins for porter

      • It would take way more than that.

  2. Beer_man

    Wrong !!!!! its Demarcus Cousin ,John Wall , Sacramento Kings , New Arena and the Best Fans in the NBA.

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      lololololololollll

  3. Beer_man

    I would love John Wall to come to Sacramento to Experince the Loudest Fans and Cowbells in the NBA. Make it Happen Divac …

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  4. Joe Love

    Another classless comment from the Kings, why diss a player or bemoan draft choices after the fact?

    • jmgara

      Unfortunately we’re stuck with the owner, and nobody else inside the organization is going to take the risk of losing their job to tell him to shut up.

  5. Sportfeen69

    Cousins to the magic watch it happen

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