Pistons reportedly won’t pursue DeMarcus Cousins

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

#Pistons have been interested in DeMarcus Cousins in the past but they won’t make a play for him now, for obvious reasons

I’m not sure what “obvious reasons” are, but I wouldn’t mind the Pistons pursuing Cousins, whom the Sacramento Kings recently suspended for cursing out coach Keith Smart.

If obvious reasons are that Cousins just cursed out his coach, I wouldn’t let that be a dealbreaker. Cousins’ value is lower than usual right now, and this could be the exact right time to take advantage of that. Trading for him when he’s been a model citizen, not only would be costly, it probably wouldn’t even be possible, because the Kings wouldn’t give him up. His verbal altercation is certainly a red flag, but the Pistons should do their due diligence to assess how likely Cousins is to hurt his team with outbursts like that in the future. This incident didn’t really shock anyone, and if the Pistons were interested in Cousins before, I don’t understand why this would completely shut the door.

If obvious reasons are that the Pistons already have Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond, I wouldn’t let that be a dealbreaker, either. I probably wouldn’t give up either of those two to get Cousins, but all three couldsplit minutes at at power forward and center. Though 32 minutes per game might be a bit low for each of them if they hit their peaks, reducing playing time for the big men might make them even more effective.

If there are other “obvious reasons” I’m forgetting, let me know. There are certainly plenty of drawbacks – including Cousins’ attitude and the Pistons already having Monroe and Drummond – but Cousins might be a better trade target than when the Pistons pursued him before. Maybe the Kings’ asking price is still too high, but this exactly when I’d consider trading for him.

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