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3 Special Reasons Why the New Orleans Pelicans Need to Resign DeMarcus Cousins

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New Orleans Let the sales pitches begin as DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins is set to become a free agent this upcoming July.

Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans February 20th,2017. The Sacramento Kings shipped Cousins and Omri Casspi to the Pelicans in return for Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, and a first and second-round pick.

The former Kentucky center was traded shortly after the NBA All-Star game during a press conference. The All-Star center joined a shorthanded Pelicans team mid-way last season.

To no one’s surprise, the Pelicans were unable to turn the tables and make the playoffs. This season trade rumors piling up around Cousins and Anthony Davis.

Davis is under contract until the summer of 2021. Pelicans general manager Dell Demps will have a difficult task ahead of him, deciding whether to keep both big men or not.

However, Demps and New Orleans management need to do everything in their power to resign Cousins.

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Reason Number One – Time:

Times have changed where franchises are no longer willing to rebuild through drafting talent. Owners and management try to acquire or emulate other franchises that have won titles and had success.

However, if you are New Orleans management you should realize that you have only had Cousins on your roster for almost a year come this February and this is his first full season with the team.

One thing that this team struggles with is health. Throughout the Davis era, the team has struggled to stay healthy which effects chemistry, timing, and familiarity.

The former Kings center has played in every game this season in comparison to Davis who has missed five games due to injury. (The season is still young)

Let the two-build team chemistry they both share similar interest. Think about it both played at Kentucky under Calipari, were feature franchise players and played on a subpar team under .500.

For this, to work the two big men need more time to gel together. At least give them the rest of this season.

Right now, the 6-foot-11 center is leading the team in points and rebounds. The Alabama native is averaging 26.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game.

Davis and Cousins average a combined total of 51.6 points, 22.8 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game. Just imagine if management provides the two with a strong supporting cast, no shade to Jrue Holiday and E’Twaun Moore who are the only players outside of the two big men who average double figures.

Reason Number Two – Supporting Cast:

Now some people may disagree with me, but I find it mind blowing how fans, management, and critics expect the team to compete in the west with their current roster.

Head coach Alvin Gentry has experimented with a few lineups and may have finally found a perfect formula. The starting lineup includes Rajon Rondo, Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and E’Twaun Moore.

With the current starting lineup, you get a solid conductor in Rondo and combo guard in Holiday. Moore is a bit undersized at the forward position, but having Davis and Cousins in the frontcourt allows New Orleans to get away with playing Moore at the three.

However, the franchise faces problems when it comes to inserting the second lineup. The second unit consists of Jameer Nelson, Ian Clark, Dante Cunningham, Cheick Diallo and Alexis Ajinca.

Now I may have to be the first to say it but who are Diallo and Ajinca? (No shade what so ever). No Pelican coming off the bench averages more than 10 points per game which is alarming.

Gentry’s ball club shoots .488 percent from the field and 378 percent from behind the arch.

How can you expect this team to survive in the west without any three-point shooting, an effective bench, and consistency?

Reason Number 3 – Cousins is a Dominant Force:

The Kings traded Cousins to start the rebuilding process. But, I still don’t understand why you wouldn’t want to rebuild with Boogie. The All-Star is a force of nature and plays the position right.

The former King has excellent footwork, strong hands and can bang down low with other bigs. The 6-foot-11 center averaged 27.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game in Sacramento.

Despite six coaching changes, lack of talent and an effective system the former Wildcat still managed to produce.

The 27-year-old may have an attitude, but he has calmed down since the trade in February. Cousins is the best big man in the league and will easily be signed come free agency. (Yes I said it the best)

The 7-year vet is six in scoring in the league behind James Harden, Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.

If you are the Pelicans, you need to make re-signing Boogie Cousins your main priority. Don’t forget you must keep Davis happy and having a fellow Wildcat and Big man by his side helps his moral.

This season the New Orleans center is averaging 26.2 points, 12.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game.

I actually agree with Skip Bayless.

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