By Evan Hilbert
January 02, 2012

Several media outlets are reporting that the Sacramento Kings have told forward DeMarcus Cousins to stay home for tonight's game against the New Orleans Hornets after the second-year player demanded a trade.

The Kings and coach Paul Westphal released a statement earlier Sunday: "DeMarcus Cousins has demanded to be traded. In the best interest of our team as we go forward, he has been directed by me, with the support of management, to stay home from the New Orleans game tonight."

There are conflicting reports on whether Cousins asked for a trade or not. SI.com's Sam Amick tweeted that Cousins' agent has said that the reports are erroneous.

https://twitter.com/#!/sam_amick/status/153619215637676032

https://twitter.com/#!/sam_amick/status/153619390867324929

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