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.
NBA Trade Deadline
February 7th, 2019 at 3 p.m. ET is the deadline for the 2019 NBA trade deadline. Fans and analysts all have their eyes on Anthony Davis. New Orleans Pelicans All-Star power forward, center Anthony Davis could possibly leave the Pelicans. The Los Angeles Lakers have been pushing to bring Davis to LA to join Lebron James. The New York Knicks have added themselves to be an option for the Davis trade.
According to Marc Stein article Knicks and Lakers Said to Be Top Destinations for Anthony Davis; “Anthony Davis has the Knicks on equal footing with the Los Angeles Lakers as he considers what teams he would be willing to join on a long -term deal after securing a trade from the New Orleans Pelicans”. The Knicks are an option for the Davis. 3 p.m. ET today will determine if Davis leaves or stays on New Orleans.
Bucks Interested in Pelicans’ Nikola Mirotic
Mirotic is averaging 16.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.1 assists per game this season for New Orleans.
Suns Interested in Being 3rd Teal in Lakers, Pelicans Trade
Their division rival, the Phoenix Suns.
According to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli and Broderick Turner, the Suns have reached out to both the Lakers and the Pelicans and made it clear that they are interested in joining the trade as a third team.
The Suns have their eyes on Lakers point guard Lonzo Ball, who would be a great fit for the young Suns.
It’s not clear what the Suns could offer outside of their 2019 first round pick, which I assume is completely off the table, but they do have other draft picks and young players such as Dragan Bender, to throw into the fray.
Lonzo’s father, LaVar, ruined the appeal of Lonzo for the Pelicans, after he made comments about his desire to see Lonzo in Phoenix instead, recently.
According to Fletcher Mackel of WDSU, the Pelicans “want no part of the Ball circus.”
This would make the inclusion of the Suns in trade talks beneficial, as it gets Ball a clear landing spot, and provides the Lakers with more assets to offer New Orleans.
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