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The Sacramento Kings have reinstated center DeMarcus Cousins after suspending him this weekend.
Update (Wednesday): After Kings center DeMarcus Cousins was reinstated following a suspension earlier this week, Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee reports on Twitter that he did not travel with the team to Portland for Wednesday night's game.
Update (Monday): The Kings reinstated center DeMarcus Cousins on Monday after suspending him indefinitely on Saturday. Cousins apologized to his teammates for his argument with coach Keith Smart. He sat out a Saturday win over the Blazers in Sacramento and should be available for a Wednesday night game against the Blazers in Portland. More details here.
Original Post (Saturday): The Sacramento Kings announced Saturday that center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended indefinitely for "unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team."
Sam Amick of USA Today Sports reports that the suspension is the result of a halftime argument with Kings coach Keith Smart during a Friday loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
The third-year big man had a verbal altercation with coach Keith Smart during halftime of the Kings' loss at the Clippers on Friday and was left in the locker room for the entire second half as a result. Two people with knowledge of the incident told USA TODAY Sports that nothing of a physical nature occurred between Cousins and his coach and that the yelling went back and forth between both men. Cousins, according to one of the people, used extensive profanity while sharing his latest frustrations.
It's unclear how long Cousins will be sidelined, but Sacramento's next two games are against the Blazers. Sacramento will host Portland on Sunday before visiting Portland on Wednesday.
Cousins was also unavailable for a November game between the Kings and Blazers because he was serving an NBA-mandated suspension for a post-game argument with San Antonio Spurs television commentator Sean Elliott.
Cousins, 22, is averaging 16.6 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He is Sacramento's leading scorer and rebounder. The Kings are currently 14th in the Western Conference with a record of 8-18.
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