SACRAMENTO - The Sacramento Kings released guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins on Monday afternoon to set the opening night roster for the 2016-17 season.
Farmar, a 10-year NBA veteran averaged 6.5 points and dished 2.8 assists per contest in his four preseason appearances for Sacramento. He recorded a 14 point performance against his former team the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 13.
Farmar was added in the offseason as insurance in the back-court before the eight-game NBA suspension was delivered to incumbent starter Darren Collison, who pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor domestic battery in September.
Both Farmar and Cousins, a rookie from Oklahoma, became expendable due to the short length of Collison's suspension coupled with the play from Ty Lawson, who will start at point guard for Sacramento during the NBA's eight-game ban.
Cousins was selected 59th overall in the 2016 NBA Draft and appeared in just two of the Kings' preseason games and totaled just 12 minutes of playing time in those contests.
Last Wednesday, the Kings released forward Lamar Patterson, but re-signed him two days later after he cleared waivers. The team will likely release him on Tuesday, allowing him to become an affiliate player with the Reno Bighorns, should he opt to sign a D-League contract.
Prior to signing with Sacramento, Patterson was released in July by the Atlanta Hawks. He appeared in 35 games last season and averaged 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 11 minutes per game.
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The Sacramento Kings today waived guards Jordan Farmar and Isaiah Cousins, according to Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Vlade Divac.
Farmar averaged 6.5 points (.471 FG%, 5-11 3pt, .833 FT%), 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in four preseason contests with Sacramento, including 14 points (5-8 FG, 4-5 3pt), one rebound and five assists against the L.A. Lakers on Oct. 13. A 10-year NBA veteran, Farmar has tallied career averages of 7.7 points (.423 FG%, .374 3pt%, .739 FT%), 1.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 19.5 minutes per game in 502 contests.
Selected by Sacramento out of Oklahoma in the second round (59th overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft, Cousins appeared in two exhibition contests for the Kings, totaling 12 minutes. The 6-5 guard averaged 9.7 points (.408 FG%, .407 3pt%, .711 FT%), 3.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.1 steals and 27.7 minutes per game over 137 career contests in four seasons with the Sooners (2012-13 – 2015-16).
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