Front-office sources say that Boston and Detroit, just to name two teams, have let it be known that they are highly interested if and when Cousins does become available. Rest assured there will be more.
I’ve reached out to Pistons’ brass over the past few days and let’s just say a lot has changed since June 2010.
But let’s just entertain the thought the Pistons MIGHT be interested in Cousins. The Kings would be laughed out of the league if they agreed to any deal that didn’t include Monroe or rookie center Andre Drummond.
And let’s get this out of the way — the Pistons aren’t the least bit interested in dealing away Monroe or Drummond. Drummond is untouchable and Monroe is at the level just below.
The Pistons coveted Cousins so much before, I doubt their interest has completely vanished. He remains an intriguing talent, and the Pistons would be wise to at least inquire about what it would take to get him.
However, I really doubt there’s a deal to be made here. Even if Cousins hasn’t changed much since 2010, as Ellis says, the Pistons have. Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond give the Pistons’ two more high-value bigs than they had when the Kings drafted Cousins.
But if the Kings somehow decide they’d accept a package that doesn’t include Monroe and Drummond, I suspect and hope the Pistons would be very interested.