Kings notes: Team not interested in trade talks involving McLemore, D’Alessandro says

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - 12:00 am
Last Modified: Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014 - 8:56 am

After practice Tuesday, Kings general manager Pete D’Alessandro approached reporters unprompted to dispel trade rumors involving rookie guard Ben McLemore. The trade deadline is Thursday at noon PST.

“Ben has been and is an integral part of what we’re doing,” D’Alessandro said. “So I’m standing here today and saying Ben McLemore is a guy we haven’t put in deals, he’s a guy that we love here.”

D’Alessandro was responding to a national report that McLemore could be part of a package offered to the Boston Celtics for guard Rajon Rondo. D’Alessandro said the Kings “haven’t put Ben in anything” and “look at Ben as a major part of what we’re doing here long term.”

D’Alessandro said he was motivated to address the report out respect for Kings fans and McLemore, and was later seen talking with McLemore on the practice court. Asked about another report Tuesday that had the Kings in trade talks with the Brooklyn Nets involving guard Marcus Thornton, D’Alessandro declined to get into specifics.

“I won’t confirm or deny any talks that we have,” he said. “But I would say that there’s a lot of reasons that things get out, and I think what I am trying to be, and hope to be as a general manager, is as up front with our fans as I can be.”

Injury report – DeMarcus Cousins (left hip flexor strain) did not practice Tuesday and is “questionable/doubtful” to play tonight against Golden State, coach Michael Malone said. Cousins had an MRI on Monday, but Malone said results came back inconclusive and Cousins was scheduled to have another test Tuesday.

“They want to get a clearer image of that (hip) area to make sure it is what they think, and it’s not anything more serious than what we think right now,” Malone said.

Guard Jimmer Fredette, who missed practice Monday because of illness, was back on the floor Tuesday and should be available tonight, Malone said.

– Matt Kawahara

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