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’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz
New Orleans acquired Favors in a trade with Utah for 2021 and 2023 second round draft picks.
Favors is due $16.9 million during the final year of his contract.
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It’s been an amazing 8 1/2 years in Utah, Thank you to the Utah Jazz organization, the coaching staff & my teammates for everything! I’m going to cherish all the great experiences over the years as it helped make me the player I am. Thank you to the Jazz fans for all the love over the years. Your loyalty and passion for the game will stay with me forever!!! Thank you #jazznation!!! I’m excited to start a new chapter in my career as a New Orleans Pelican. I cannot wait to get to work and help lead our young core realize their full potential.
Pelicans’ Stanley Johnson Set to Hit Free Agency
By doing so, the Pelicans will have around $28 million in cap space as they enter free agency.
Johnson could be a target of teams such as the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Pelicans Pick Up Option on Jahlil Okafor
The option will cost $1.7 million, and given the resurgent play of Okafor, who seemed headed for bust status prior to getting a chance in New Orleans, it’s an affordable price to pay.
Okafor really shined when he took over playing time from Anthony Davis last season and finished the year averaging 8.2 points and 4.7 rebounds per game
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