Although the New Orleans Pelicans re-signed point guard Jrue Holiday (5-years $150 million) and signed Rajon Rondo in free agency the offseason has been relatively quiet.
New Orleans big man DeMarcus Cousins, who came over in a trade from the Sacramento Kings in February of this year, says he did a lot of recruiting in an effort to get more premier talent on the Pelicans roster.
“We want to win. We need as much talent and as many pieces as we can get” Cousins said per NOLA.com’s Will Guillory.
“I’ve reached out to everybody. I mean, I don’t want to throw names out there, but some of the biggest names that are on the block right now I’ve reached out to.
It’s just about being better.”
Cousins, like everyone else, has seen the big offseason in the NBA and teams like the Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and Minnesota Timberwolves making deals to bring premier talent together under one roster.
“We see where the NBA is going, we need as much help and as much talent as we can get just to match up with the reigning champs” Cousins said.
“(I’m) just trying to better the situation. We’re fully invested in this and we want to win.”
Teams like Houston, San Antonio, Minnesota and Oklahoma City have all made significant improvements this summer.
Pelicans’ Sign Darius Morris to Two-Year, Partially Guaranteed Contract
Morris, 27, was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2011 NBA Draft, and has spent time with the Lakers, Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers, Memphis Grizzlies, and the Los Angeles Clippers during his career.
Morris has also played in the G-League.
Pelicans Not Talking About Moving Anthony Davis
The New Orleans Pelicans have no plans to move superstar Anthony Davis, and are taking a patient approach to see how happy Davis remains with the franchise.
During an appearance on Jeff Goodman’s ‘The Good N’ Plenty Podcast‘, Yahoo Sports’ Chris Mannix spoke, at length, about Davis’ situation with the Pelicans.
“What everyone around the league is zeroing in on [is to see what Anthony Davis does]. They are waiting for the first time that Anthony Davis grumbles a little bit. They’re waiting to see either private or public consternation from Anthony Davis,”
“That’s the first domino to fall: once he starts griping a little bit about what’s going on there, and why they can’t put their type of team around him, that’s when you start to panic in New Orleans.”
“When I talk to people down in New Orleans – and look, they’re now fully entrenched there, I believe both the coaches and GM got extensions somewhat recently – they’re not talking about moving Anthony Davis, they’re not entertaining anything seriously about moving Anthony Davis. That could change, and probably will change once, and if, Davis starts grumbling publicly or privately about where they’re at.”
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