Does the DeMarcus Cousins suspension affect the Rockets?

Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE

DeMarcus Cousins was suspended indefinitely by the Kings today. Could the Rockets target him?

According to a Sacramento Kings team release, DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended indefinitely by the Kings after an argument with Coach Keith Smart last night. As is always the case when something like this transpires, Rockets (and other NBA) fans are quick to jump to the rampant trade speculation.

I was conflicted about putting something up about this, but after further thought, I think it's a worthy topic of conversation. What do you all think? Will the Kings decide that they're finally done with Cousins or will they try to patch things up yet again?

Personally, though this is a significant story in the NBA landscape, I don't foresee this affecting the Rockets whatsoever. Cousins has been in disciplinary trouble before, and yet the Rockets have really never been linked to Cousins and at other times refuted any interest in him. He'd be a tremendous addition to the team, but after making two gambles on players with character issues (Royce White and Terrence Williams) and getting burned, it seems reasonable to assume that Morey is not going to take a significantly bigger risk on a player with far more character concerns, especially after Morey's comments that this team is comfortable with its core in place.

On top of all this, I doubt the Kings will even entertain the possibility of moving Cousins. They've dealt with problems like this before, and there haven't been any indications that they'd be willing to move him. Keith Smart did seem to be Cousins' biggest ally on the squad, but the Kings seem to understand how unique a player he is. He may end up on another team in a few years, but the sentiment that "this is the final straw" is something we've heard far too many times with Cousins to give it any merit.

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