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When you get suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team, it's a pretty fair assumption that your team would be open to making a move. That's the situation right now for DeMarcus Cousins and the Sacramento Kings after they gave the young forward a timeout on Saturday.
With no word coming down yet on when Cousins will return to the team, the trade coals are burning hot at the moment. While reporting that the team is still reluctant to make a deal, the Sacramento Bee's Jason Jones did single out two squads that could be interested:
The Kings have been reluctant to deal Cousins. He's been considered the key to the Kings' rebuilding project, but on the court he's regressed this season while the off-the-court issues have accelerated. Teams that have been interested in Cousins in the past include Houston and Detroit. But would Houston want to break up what they've built for Cousins now?
Depending on what the Kings are looking for in return, both Houston and Detroit are curious possibilities. The Pistons already have a star big in Greg Monroe, who packs almost as much game as Cousins without the headaches, and they aren't likely to ship out Andre Drummond in a trade, either.
Meanwhile, the Rockets eliminated many of their assets by trading for James Harden. Royce White and Terrence Jones both have some value, but enough to get someone of Cousins' caliber? Highly unlikely.
I'm not going to totally write this off, but let's just say I'm bullish.