Anthony Davis hopeful that DeMarcus Cousins can return to Pelicans via free agency

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There have been months of speculation about Davis possibly playing in Los Angeles for the Lakers or the Clippers in the coming years. And Davis’ recent hiring of agent Rich Paul, who also represents LeBron James, didn’t calm that talk. However, Davis told ESPN’s The Undefeated he is still under contract with New Orleans through the 2020-21 season and he is not the source of the departure nike nfl jerseys wholesale

“I got two years to ’20-21. I’m here and whatever happens after that happens,” Davis told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “For me, right now it is about being the most dominant player in the league and helping this team win.

“You hear all the rumors. You hear all the talk. But it’s not coming from me. I’m here to be a Pelican, help this team move forward and help this team win a championship.”

So, could the Pelicans re-sign Cousins? Yes, but it’s complicated for a couple of reasons.9

Cousins, a four-time All-Star, is in the midst of a one-year, $5.3 million contract with the Golden State Warriors and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. The center’s career in New Orleans was cut short when he tore his left Achilles tendon last season.

He has yet to debut with the Warriors this season, but he is back practicing without contact.

New Orleans would have to lose Julius Randle and Nikola Mirotic in free agency next summer to create the needed salary cap space to sign Cousins. Randle would have to decline a player option for next season, and Mirotic will be an unrestricted free agent.

Cousins was in the MVP conversation after averaging 25.2 points, 12.7 points, 5.4 assists and 2.2 3-pointers made in 48 games last season. The Pelicans made a major statement when they beat the then-Western Conference-leading Houston Rockets 115-113 on Jan. 26 for their fourth straight win and seventh victory in nine games. china nike

Cousins, however, suffered a season-ending left Achilles tendon tear in that game against the Rockets. After eventually acquiring Mirotic to replace Cousins, New Orleans finished the regular season with a 48-34 record and a second-round playoff exit.

“Of course, it was a s—ty situation,” Davis said. “But I felt like we had something going. I think if he would have played in the playoff series against the Warriors it would be different.”