Cousins, while speaking to reporters Monday after Team USA's practice in Las Vegas, was asked about the Kings' moves in the draft last month, when they traded the No. 8 pick to the Phoenix Suns for a package that included the 13th and 28th picks.
"I can't control [the draft decisions]," Cousins said. "I control what I can control. I don't really understand it, but I do my job."
Shortly after the Kings drafted Papagiannis, Cousins tweeted what many perceived to be a critical reaction to the pick.
Lord give me the strength 🙏🏿— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 24, 2016
Cousins later denied that the tweet was about the Kings' draft, telling ESPN that he was referring to a yoga class.
The 6-foot-11 Cousins also was asked Monday about Sacramento's decision to add the 7-foot-1 Papagiannis and the 6-foot-11 Labissiere to an already crowded frontcourt. Last summer, the Kings used their first-round pick on 7-foot forward Willie Cauley-Stein and signed 7-foot center Kosta Koufos to a four-year, $33 million deal.
"I don't really understand what's going on," Cousins said. "I just control what I can control."
Cousins, 25, was an All-Star for the second straight season in 2015-16 despite his strained relationship with then-coach George Karl, averaging a career-high 26.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game.