The Kings had been strongly advising the volatile Cousins to begin seeing a mental health counselor, but a person with knowledge of the situation said he refused to do so. The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because of the private nature of the matter.
Meanwhile, the Kings – who had lost six of their last seven games when they fell to the Clippers on Friday – downed the Trail Blazers 108-96 on Sunday night and talked afterward about the complications that come with Cousins.
“It’s hard,” veteran Kings forward and fellow Kentucky product Chuck Hayes said. “We’ve always got that one family member who always does their own thing…and you don’t always agree with their ways. But you still love them, and they’re still family.