This comes after Kings’ center, DeMarcus Cousins, was told to stay home for Sunday night's contest with the Hornets of New Orleans.
Head Coach Paul Westphal said Cousins had asked to be traded not once, but twice in the past week.
"This is only the tip of the iceberg," Westphal said. "You can only get so many chances before something needs to be done. And something needs to be done."
Cousins' demand to be traded came after 3 straight losses to the Blazers, Bulls and Knicks and what some would consider a locker room outburst on New Year's Eve.
"We're running the offense Coach tells us to run. Just doing what coach says," Cousins said in frustration after that loss to the Knicks.
According to reports from SI.com, Cousins' agent John Greig has denied that Cousins ever asked to be traded.
In a tweet shortly after the King's victory against New Orleans Sunday, Cousins said "Dnt listen to everything u hear ...smh glad to knw who the real fans are tho... thanks."
When asked after the Hornets game whether Cousins would be traveling with the team on their upcoming two game road-trip, coach Westphal said, "that will be up to Demarcus Cousins."
Cousins was reportedly set to meet with Kings Vice President Geoff Petrie before the team boarded the plane Monday. Kings Spokesperson told FOX40, there’s no word on whether or not that meeting happened, but since Cousins boarded the plane, things seem to be okay for now.
Here's Coach Paul Westphal's complete statement issued Sunday about the situation:"Whenever a new season begins, in any sport, there is great hope that everything will progress in only a steady, upward direction. As we all know, it seldom happens like that in life!
As coaches, we can only ask that our players do everything they can to improve themselves as individuals and teammates. If they do this with all their hearts, we live with the results.
Everything that happens on a team does not become known to the public. This is how it should be. However, when a player continually, aggressively, lets it be known that he is willing and unable to embrace traveling in the same direction as his team, it cannot be ignored indefinitely.DeMarcus Cousins has demanded to be traded. In the best interest of the team as we go forward, he had been directed by me, with the support of management, to stay home from the New Orleans game tonight."