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’ Nikola Mirotic Close to Returning
Mirotic has been out of action since December 10th with a right ankle injury, but says he is close to returning to action.
“I’m getting better every day,” Mirotic said, according to Andrew Lopez of NOLA.com . “I’m doing treatment. A lot of work individually, on the court, off the court. Today was a great day because we did a lot of cardio also, a lot of movement laterally. So, it was good. It was pretty good.”
Mirotic has averaged 17.4 points and 9.2 rebounds over 25 games this season for New Orleans.
“Being away was hard, but I’m always trying to be positive and learning what I can do to help the team to get better. I’m almost there and just looking forward to being back.”
Pelicans, Rockets Interested in Bulls’ Justin Holiday
Holiday is set to become an unrestricted free agent in 2019, and with Chicago looking to rebuild, he could fetch some draft pick assets via a trade.
Holiday is averaging 12.1 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game for the Bulls this season.
Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry Says Team Will Not Trade Anthony Davis
As the sports world continues to talk about New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar Anthony Davis’ likely departure from the team in free agency, and a potential trade to teams such as the Boston Celtics or the Los Angeles Lakers, to name a few, head coach Alvin Gentry is doing his part to squash the scuttlebutt.
“We’re not trading him,” Gentry said of any potential trade involving Davis, according to Steve Aschburner of NBA.com.
“I can say that to the world. We’re not gonna trade him, no matter what. That’s not an option. It doesn’t matter what anybody says or does. We’re not trading Anthony Davis.”
Despite the proclamation, the trade rumor fires will continue to burn all season long, and until Davis reaches the free agent market.
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