With the Kings making their yearly visit to the Palace tonight, memories of the Pistons' efforts to acquire center DeMarcus Cousins will return.

The Pistons were transparent before the 2010 NBA draft about efforts to move from the seventh spot to get in position to select the talented big man out of Kentucky.

Those efforts were unsuccessful and they ended up with Georgetown center Greg Monroe when the Kings selected Cousins with the fifth pick.

So after Cousins' latest dustup with the Kings (a one-game suspension after a halftime verbal altercation with coach Keith Smart), it wasn't surprising to see reports saying the Kings were willing to entertain offers for the mercurial big man.

And it wasn't surprising to see over the weekend an ESPN report saying the Pistons and Celtics were "highly interested" in dealing for Cousins.

I can't speak on the Celtics, but 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.