According to Sam Amick and Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today, the mercurial big man was suspended indefinitely by the organization for “unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team.”
This disciplinary action was announced on Saturday, after Cousins verbally attacked coach Keith Smart at the end of halftime of the Kings’ loss to the Clippers this past Friday.
It’s not the first time Cousins has clashed with authority, as former head coach Paul Westphal was fired this past January after failing to control the center.
The last thing that the fifth overall pick in the 2010 draft needs is someone like Fegan in his ear during this most recent fiasco, as the agent is notorious for causing drama amongst teams and giving bad advice.
You may remember Fegan for his role in the season-long Dwight Howard saga that culminated in the Los Angeles Lakers prying the malcontent All-Star away from the Orlando Magic in a four-team deal this summer.
Fegan—who also deterred the Kings from drafting client Ricky Rubio and had Kevin Martin dealt from Sacramento to Houston—made things difficult by having Howard put together a short list of potential trading partners that he would re-sign with, effectively eliminating all but three teams for the Magic brass to deal with.
With Cousins now having serious problems with the Kings and Coach Smart, there’s a strong chance that his name will come up in trade rumors as the February deadline draws nearer.
Despite the constant issues that have come up concerning the 22-year-old, he is an undeniably talented player and a number of teams would be interested in acquiring his services.
At 6’11”, 270 lbs., the center possesses prototypical size and has averaged 16.0 points and 9.6 rebounds during his short career.
Hopefully, Cousins can find a way to mature and grow from this altercation and punishment. Unfortunately, his new decision to hire Fegan is highly alarming and may just be another setback in his troublesome NBA tenure.