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January 2, 2012
Cousins still denies asking to be traded, will not start Tuesday

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Kings basketball president Geoff Petrie decided DeMarcus Cousins should join the Kings for their two-game road trip that begins Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Petrie met with Cousins and his agent, John Greig, Monday before the team flew to Memphis.

"We talked about the important role he play in what we're trying to do offensively an the gamut of what he needs to do going forward," Petrie said. "...We did not agree on everything but that's OK."

One of the things they don't agree on is whether Cousins asked to be traded last Saturday.

Kings coach Paul Westphal told Cousins to stay home from Sunday's win over the New Orleans after he requested a trade for the second time in a week. Westphal said Cousins also asked to be dealt on Christmas Eve.

Cousins, in a statement, denied asking to be traded:

"I want to address my missing the New Orleans game Sunday. I have not demanded or requested a trade. I don't agree with the actions taken but will give my sincere effort to put it behind me and compete the best I can for my team."

Westphal said Cousins would dress for tonight's game against the Memphis Grizzlies but he would not start.

Westphal said it would be up to Cousins to decide if he wanted to be a part of the team and travel with the Kings.

So, is Cousins "all in?"

"We'll know it if we see it," Westphal said.

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