For the fourth time in five seasons, DeMarcus Cousins has received enough technical fouls to warrant a one-game suspension. The NBA announced the punishment along with a punishment for a separate incident in a press release earlier today (Twitter link). The big man was issued his 16th technical on Monday night against the Bulls and will miss Wednesday night’s game between the Kings and Celtics as a result.
The second incident mentioned in the press release – an inappropriate gesture and remark – took place after the Kings’ overtime win over the Warriors on Saturday night and has cost the big man a $25K fine. Though not specifically mentioned in the official press release, a video of Cousins in a Golden 1 Center tunnel after the game quickly surfaced online.
This isn’t Cousins’ first brush with controversy this season. In December the All-Star was fined $50K by the Kings for his role in an altercation with a member of the media. Still, thanks in part to the career high 27.9 points per game he has been averaging, Cousins’ status in Sacramento is as stable as it has been in years.
Though Cousins will likely remain the subject of intense trade speculation, he and the Kings are reported to be on track for a $200MM-plus, max contract extension that he would sign this summer. Just yesterday, Kings general manager Vlade Divac said explicitly that they will not trade him.