The Rockets, who remain engaged and hopeful on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes front, are on the market for a young power forward and sources say they admire Cousins' talent.
While there is no known progress in the Kings' reported -- and longtime -- pursuit of Rockets point guard Aaron Brooks, sources say Cousins isn't the only Kings big man coveted by the Rockets. Despite signing forward Luis Scola to a five-year, $47 million deal last summer, Houston has significant interest in bringing back free-agent-to-be forward Carl Landry. The fourth-year player was traded to Sacramento in February in the three-team deal that sent Kevin Martin to Houston and Tracy McGrady to New York.
As for Anthony, the Rockets are among the many teams whose options -- and thus, their chances at landing Denver's star small forward -- expand on Dec. 15. That's the first date on which free agents who signed last summer (e.g. Scola for Houston) can be traded.