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Cousins ready for Sacramento return vs Kings: 'Oh my God, I can't wait'

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Cousins ready for Sacramento return vs Kings: 'Oh my God, I can't wait'

New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins is excited to play the Sacramento Kings this season. In other news, the Earth is round and the Moon is not made of cheese. 

“I can’t wait,” Cousins told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears during the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. “Oh my God, I can’t wait. I’m praying it’s the first game. I just got a lot to get off my chest. I can’t wait.” 

Cousins played his first six-plus seasons in the NBA with the Kings before being dealt, along with Omri Casspi, to the New Orleans Pelicans during All-Star weekend earlier this year. 

The 26-year-old All-Star planned on signing a long-term deal and hoped to finish his career with the Kings before the surprising trade. Clearly it will be an emotional evening for the star center when the Pelicans roll through the Capital City. 

Cousins was a fixture in the Sacramento community, donating to local high schools and sponsoring a free basketball camp at Sacramento High. Despite being traded, Cousins returned again this summer to continue his camp.

“I miss the community. I miss the people. I miss the fans. That’s it,” Cousins told Spears. 

A polarizing figure on the court, Cousins grew into one of the most dominating big men in the league during his time with the Kings. At the time of his trade, the Kings were just a game and a half out of the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoff race. They finished the season 8-17 after the trade, nine games behind the Portland Trail Blazers for the final postseason berth.  

The NBA schedule is due out sometime in the next few weeks.

Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

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Kings look to get healthy with opener just days away

SACRAMENTO - All hands on deck. The Sacramento Kings open the 2017-18 schedule Wednesday night against the Houston Rockets at Golden 1 Center and it looks like they might do so with a full arsenal of players at their disposal.

Point guard De’Aaron Fox returned to practice on Sunday and then participated in the team’s annual Fanfest. If his dance moves are any indication, the 19-year-old’s back is feeling just fine.

Veteran George Hill tweaked his groin Friday against the Golden State Warriors, leaving his availability for opening night in question. Hill, 31, who has a history of groin injuries, was on the court Monday practicing and said he is ready to play.

“Everything is feeling good right now,” Hill said Monday following practice.

The only player who didn’t practice on Monday is rookie Bogdan Bogdanovic, who sprained his right ankle against the Warriors. According to head coach Dave Joerger,  the team is hopeful that the Serbian sharpshooter will return in time for Game 1.

“We’re still shooting for Wednesday for both of them,” Joerger said of Hill and Bogdanovic.

New look Rockets

The Rockets went 55-27 last season under head coach Mike D’Antoni, but that didn’t stop them from going all in during the offseason. With MVP runner-up James Harden already manning the backcourt, Houston added nine-time All-Star Chris Paul as their new starting point guard.

“Leadership, he’s a floor general,” Hill said about Paul. “Anywhere he goes, he’ll make a team better. We know they were already a good team without him, coming in with him is going to be a bigger task.”

It’s a new look roster and the expectations are huge for the Rockets. Houston averaged 115.3 points per game last season and led the league in both 3-point attempts and makes. This season, they also added two strong perimeter defenders in P.J. Tucker and Luc Mbah a Moute.

It’s a huge test coming out of the gate for Sacramento. Following the contest against the Rockets, the Kings hit the road for three straight before returning to Golden 1 next Thursday to face DeMarcus Cousins and the New Orleans Pelicans.


Camp notes

With the season just around the corner, the Sacramento Kings made their final roster cuts on Sunday afternoon. David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn were waived, leaving the Kings with 15 rostered players and two two-way players in Jack Cooley and JaKarr Sampson.

Stockton, Jones and Hearn are all expected to join the Reno Bighorns of the NBA’s G-League.

Kings waive three players days before season opener

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Kings waive three players days before season opener

SACRAMENTO The Sacramento Kings announced Sunday that the team has requested waivers on guards David Stockton, Matt Jones and Reggie Hearn.  

Stockton appeared in two contests for Sacramento during the preseason, averaging 11.5 points (9-13 FG, 3-4 3pt, 2-4 FT) and 5.0 assists in 16.3 minutes per game, including a game-high 23 points to accompany three rebounds, eight assists and two steals off the bench at Golden State (10/13).

Jones played in five exhibition games, posting 2.0 points, 1.0 rebounds and 11.7 minutes per contest. 

Hearn appeared in one preseason game. 

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