Kings Notes: Temple, Cousins, Rookies

The Kings are expecting Garrett Temple to be a major contributor this season, which is something the shooting guard is excited to embrace, Alex Kennedy of Basketball Insiders writes. “[The Kings] were adamant that they envision me being an integral part of the team and that was obviously great to hear, especially with my background. Being valued as a guy who can produce and will be relied on every night is something that I’ve been waiting for a long time,” Temple tells Kennedy. “Coach [Dave] Joerger believes in my abilities and that I can produce, so I’ll be on the court a good amount this year.”

Here’s more from Sacramento:

  • DeMarcus Cousins remains critical of the Kings‘ draft this year, as Sean Cunningham of Sacramento’s ABC10 tweets. “I can’t control [who the team drafted]. I control what I can control. I don’t really understand it, but I do my job,” the big man said.
  • Cousins didn’t not attempt to influence the Kings‘ decision making this offseason, including whether or not they should bring back Rajon Rondo, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee tweets“I do my job and I let them do theirs,” he said.
  • Cousins has been working with Malachi Richardson out in Vegas and he’s very high on the No. 22 overall pick, Cunningham passes along (Twitter link).
  • Cousins is impressed with how Skal Labissiere played during Summer League and he loves the addition of Matt Barnes, as Cunningham passes along via Twitter. The Kings brought Barnes in on a two year, $12MM deal.
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6 thoughts on “Kings Notes: Temple, Cousins, Rookies

  1. Connorsoxfan

    He’s high on Richardson, was impressed with Skal, and isn’t happy with the draft? Whaaaat?!

    • JT19

      The Richardson pick probably has nothing to do with his unhappiness about the draft. It probably has more to do with Skal and Papagiannis (as the Kings didn’t really have a need for big men with Cousins, WCS, and Koufas on the roster). Cousins can be impressed by Skal but doesn’t mean he can’t be upset about the Kings taking a guy who probably won’t contribute much (if at all) this season.

    • jmgara

      Exactly. He thinks he’ll be shown the door soon, and he may be right. People, including those who are big supporters, are getting tired of the act.

  2. Danthemilwfan

    Sometimes guys like these get drafted by a bad franchise and they are a problem and sometimes a player with the same attitude gets drafted by golden state in the second round and they don’t let him be a problem even when he kicks his opponent in the beans


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