Sunday and Monday was an odd back-to-back for former Thunder reserve center Cole Aldrich.
His first stop was at Houston, where Aldrich was traded to Oct. 27 along with former OKC teammates James Harden, Daequan Cook and Lazar Hayward in exchange for Kevin Martin, Jeremy Lamb, two first-round picks and one second-round pick.
On Feb. 20, the Rockets traded Aldrich, Toney Douglas and Patrick Patterson to the Sacramento Kings for Francisco Garcia, Tyler Honeycutt and Thomas Robinson, who was Aldrich's former teammate at Kansas.
Aldrich's second stop was in OKC to face the team that worked a trade to acquire him in the 2010 NBA Draft.
Aldrich entered Monday's game with 9:49 left in the second quarter at Chesapeake Energy Arena and received a warm round of applause. He had 12 points and 13 rebounds in just 23 minutes in the Kings' 104-95 loss to the Thunder.
“These fans are great,” Aldrich said. “I love Oklahoma City. It's where I started my career, and I'll always have that soft spot for it.”
Asked if he left anything back in OKC, Aldrich smiled and said: “Just a bunch of friends. I still talk to all the guys on the team. I'm still part of the extended family.”
Sacramento center DeMarcus Cousins was facing a one-game suspension heading into Monday night's game against the Thunder.
If that sounds familiar, it should. The mercurial Cousins was in the exact same predicament last April when he was about to play in OKC on the next-to-last game of the season.
On both occasions, Cousin's most recent technical was rescinded and he was allowed to play. He finished with seven points, six rebounds and five turnovers and zero technicals in 25 minutes.