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Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins Actively Recruiting Players To Join Him In New Orleans

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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.”

New Orleans will compete in a deep Western Conference where the Golden State Warriors reign supreme at the moment.

Teams like Houston, San Antonio, Minnesota and Oklahoma City have all made significant improvements this summer.

 

 

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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Happy to be with New Orleans

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New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie Zion Williamson is thrilled to have landed with the organization, believing that he ended up in the best situation to start his promising career.

“I couldn’t ask for a better situation. The Pelicans keep up the pace constantly, just the way I like it,” Williamson said, during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sportando).

“I am already working with members of the technical staff and the idea of running is emphasized in each exercise. I’m sure that our offensive schemes will allow me to be lethal from the next season.”

The Pelicans venture into the next season with a mix of young players, such as Williamson, and veteran players such as Jrue Holiday and J.J. Redick.

“It is essential to have veterans on whom to rely, not only on the floor but also in the locker room,” Williamson said. “They will be the mentors for the youngest, we will need their advice and their experience. But I am also very impressed by the talent of the youngest. I think we can compete for a championship. Yes, I am convinced that this team can have the NBA title as a goal. I know the complexity of the West. But I see it this way, I’d be lying if I said something different.”

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Pelicans’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz

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Pelicans’ Stanley Johnson Set to Hit Free Agency

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Stanley Johnson is set to hit free agency after the team declined to extend him a qualifying offer, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

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.

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