The Sacramento Kings and guard Jimmer Fredette completed a buyout of his contract, clearing the way for the former BYU sensation to become a free agent.

The Kings announced the agreement Thursday.

Fredette was drafted 10th overall in 2011 after dazzling at BYU, where he won the Associated Press’ player of the year award after leading the nation in scoring at 28.5 points per game. But “Jimmermania” never took shape in Sacramento like the Kings had hoped, and the franchise’s instability didn’t help his cause.

The sides began talking about a contract buyout after the Kings couldn’t find any suitable takers before last week’s trade deadline.

Fredette is averaging 5.9 points and 11.3 minutes this season. He’s shooting 47.5 percent from the floor and 49.3 percent from 3-point range.

SACRAMENTO’S COUSIN SUSPENDED — The NBA suspended Kings center DeMarcus Cousins for one game and fined him $20,000 on Thursday for punching an opposing player and verbally abusing an official in a game earlier this week.

The league suspended Cousins for punching Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley in the stomach with 9:44 remaining in the first quarter of the Kings’ 129-103 loss on Tuesday night in Sacramento.

Cousins was fined for verbally abusing official Courtney Kirkland and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection with 8:21 remaining in the third quarter.

Cousins will serve his suspension when the Kings visit the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night.

HAWKS SIGN MUSCALA — The short-handed Atlanta Hawks signed center Mike Muscala, a 2013 second-round draft pick, after completing the buyout of his Spanish League contract.

Muscala (6-11, 230) averaged 14.6 points and led the ACB League in Spain with 7.8 rebounds per game.

The Hawks have lost 10 of 11 games to sink from third to eighth in the Eastern Conference standings. Injuries on the front line have been a major factor.

General Manager Danny Ferry said Muscala, 22, can provide help for the remainder of the season and to see if he fits in the team’s future plans.

SHORT STINT — The Dallas Mavericks assigned Jae Crowder, Shane Larkin and Bernard James to the NBA Development League for a likely one-game stay and have recalled Ricky Ledo.

All three regulars on the Dallas roster were set to be available for a home game Thursday night for the team’s D-League affiliate in suburban Frisco.