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Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins Says ‘I Was a Fool’ For Staying With Kings

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New Orleans Pelicans big man DeMarcus Cousins is never shy when it comes to speaking his mind.

Cousins spent six-and-a-half seasons, his first in the NBA, with the Sacramento Kings before being traded to New Orleans last season and now Cousins isn’t looking back at his time with the Kings too fondly.

“My biggest regret is, why didn’t I leave when I had the chance?,” Cousins said (h/t theScore’s Chris Walder).

“I had the chance, but I fought it. I wanted to give it a chance. My representatives, they told me I shouldn’t stay. You know, being. I guess you can say stubborn and loyal, I wanted to make things work.”

Cousins stated that he had an opportunity to leave during former head coach George Karl’s tenure in Sacramento.

Karl spoke about his time with Cousins in Sacramento.

“I never felt I got into a good place with Cuz, and some of that was my stupidity when I said that no player is untradeable,” Karl told the Sacramento Bee‘s Ailene Voisin.

“I still believe that. But I should have been smart enough not to say it, and I in no way, at any time, thought DeMarcus was going to get traded.”

Cousins makes his first return to Sacramento since the trade this Thursday when the Pelicans face off against the Kings.

“I’m excited to play in front of the fans and see their reaction,” Cousins told Spears. “But as far as it just being like a revenge game or anything, I’m past it. I’m in a good place, I’m happy where I’m at. We have a chance to win. We’re playing for something. So I’m good.”

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Pelicans Not Talking About Moving Anthony Davis

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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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Pelicans Sign Troy Williams

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The New Orleans Pelicans have signed free agent forward Troy Williams to a two-year deal with a team option for the second season, according to the Times-Picayune’s Will Guillory.

Williams spent last season playing for the Houston Rockets and the New York Knicks, but played his best in New York where he averaged 7.5 PPG and 3.5 RPG per contest.

 

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Pelicans To Re-Sign Ian Clark

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The New Orleans Pelicans have officially re-signed reserve Ian Clark to a one-year deal at the veteran minimum, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jordan Schultz.

Clark, 27, will earn $1,757,429 this season and is coming off a campaign that saw him post a career-best 7.4 points per contest over 74 games for New Orleans.

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