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 Respond to David Stern’s Comments on Dell Demps
The New Orleans Pelicans are firing back at comments made by former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who took a few shots at Pelicans’ general manager Dell Demps, calling him a “lousy” general manager while stating that he could be the reason Anthony Davis bolts in free agency next summer.
The team issued the following statement:
“We are very disappointed to read the inappropriate and inaccurate comments from the former NBA Commissioner regarding the New Orleans Pelicans. Our organization has the utmost confidence in our General Manager, Dell Demps. He is part of our family, the NBA family. We are excited about the direction of our team, the 3-0 start of this season, building on the success of the 2017/18 playoffs.
“Finally, our organization is excited and proud to be part of the NBA with the progressive and innovative leadership of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.”
Stern wasn’t exactly popular, and his arrogance has surfaced in the past, but Stern going out of his way to attack a general manager in the manner that he did seems petty, and unprofessional. Stern may need to find something else to do with his time.
Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Looking for Reasons to Stay in New Orleans
New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar big man Anthony Davis will be mentioned a lot in trade rumors, but in case you’re thinking that the All-Star is looking for a way out of the Big Easy, Davis is reportedly looking for a reason to stay.
“My sense has always been with Anthony that he is always: some players are looking for reasons to stay and some players are looking for reasons to leave,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said, during an appearance on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show (h/t RealGM). “I’ve always thought that Anthony is a guy looking for reasons to stay in New Orleans. And I think that will continue to be the case until he feels he’s out of them.
“I do think down the line that the Boston and L.A., if he became available, that will be interesting, especially if the Lakers get shut out this summer.”
Pelicans’ Jahlil Okafor to Undergo X-Ray on Ankle Injury
New Orleans Pelicans center Jahlil Okafor will undergo an X-ray on the ankle he injured during Sunday’s preseason game against the Chicago Bulls that forced the veteran to leave the United Center with crutches, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Okafor signed with New Orleans during the offseason, inking a two-year deal with only $500,000 guaranteed, and is likely to fit into a reserve role behind starters Anthony Davis and new addition Julius Randle.
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