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Kings’ DeMarcus Cousins will be back – or will he?

Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) has his head band snapped over his eyes by injured teammate Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) before the Sacramento Kings final home game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento.
Sacramento Kings guard Ben McLemore (23) has his head band snapped over his eyes by injured teammate Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins (15) before the Sacramento Kings final home game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, April 13, 2015 at Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento. hamezcua@sacbee.com

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▪ There may be something to all those rumors flying around the Internet about Kings center DeMarcus Cousins being traded this offseason. After all, coach George Karl has said no player is “untradeable.” The Kings would be foolish not to take calls from other teams, but it would be difficult to find a team willing to part with equal value. The prevailing wisdom is that the Kings need to give Karl and Cousins a full season together. But what if a team offered an All-Star power forward or shooting guard and a lottery pick? Would the Kings turn down a second shot at the top pick?

▪ In yet another first for the long-anticipated Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Manny Pacquiao fight on May 2, organizers are charging $10 for tickets to watch the weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, as a form of crowd-control, they said. No, it’s not another money-grab; all proceeds will be donated to charities of the fighters’ choice (Susan G. Komen Foundation for Mayweather, Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health for Pacquiao). The pay-per-view has been set at $99.95 for high definition, the highest ever for a fight.

▪ On Thursday, #NationalHighFiveDay was trending on Twitter. We didn’t know there was a national day devoted to the celebratory tradition. Sacramento’s Dusty Baker is credited, along with his then-Dodgers teammate Glenn Burke, with the first high five. In the final game of the 1977 season, after Baker hit his 30th home run, Burke, waiting in the on-deck circle, thrust his hand over his head to greet Baker at the plate. So Baker smacked it – and made history.

Tom Couzens

tcouzens@sacbee.com


What to watch

NBA, San Antonio at Los Angeles Clippers,

7:30 p.m., TNT: The Spurs open defense of their NBA championship.


What to do

Baseball, Cal State Bakersfield at Sacramento State, noon: The top ticket is $10, plus kids get to run the bases after the game as part of “Sunday Family Fun Days.”


Twitter chatter

@boogiecousins on

April 11: “This is dirty business ... smh (shaking my head)”


On this date

1991: Evander Holyfield retains the heavyweight title with a 12-round decision over George Foreman, 42, in Atlantic City, N.J.

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