DeMarcus Cousins Comments on Kings' 2016 NBA Draft Selections

Mike Chiari@mikechiariFeatured ColumnistJuly 19, 2016

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Sunday, March 13, 2016, in Sacramento, Calif.  The Jazz won 108-99. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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The Sacramento Kings bolstered their frontcourt in the first round of the 2016 NBA draft, and All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins broke his silence on the subject Monday. 

Ahead of his participation for Team USA at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Cousins had the following to say regarding Sacramento's selections, according to ESPN.com"I can't control [the draft decisions]. I control what I can control. I don't really understand it, but I do my job."

The Kings held the No. 8 overall pick and initially drafted Washington forward Marquese Chriss, but they dealt him to the Phoenix Suns to take Greek center Georgios Papagiannis at No. 13 and Kentucky big man Skal Labissiere at No. 28.

Around the time of the trade announcement, Cousins tweeted the following:

DeMarcus Cousins @boogiecousins

Lord give me the strength 🙏🏿

Per ESPN.com, Cousins said the tweet was in reference to a yoga class and not the draft.

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Cousins enjoyed a dominant 2015-16 season for the Kings, as he set a career mark with 26.9 points per game to go along with 11.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists.

Despite that and the presence of fellow bigs Willie Cauley-Stein and Kosta Koufos, the Kings were focused on their interior on draft night.

Sacramento has major question marks at guard following the departure of Rajon Rondo. Darren Collison is currently penciled in as the starting point guard, while free-agent acquisition Arron Afflalo and the disappointing Ben McLemore figure to share playing time at shooting guard.

Cousins has constantly been the subject of trade talks during his career despite far and away being the Kings' best player, and his confusion regarding the direction of the organization figures to fuel speculation even more moving forward.


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