Though he is still amidst the rehabilitation process as he tries to work his way back from a torn left Achilles’ tendon suffered in January, DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans is tackling the challenge head on.
According to a report by William Guillory of The Times-Picayune, Cousins has yet to experience any setbacks.
“He’s right on schedule,” Pelicans general manager Dell Dumps told Guillory. “He’s right where he’s supposed to be (and) he’s committed to getting back and ready to play.”
An unrestricted free agent this summer, rumors have been circulating about the Pelicans’ ability to re-sign the All-Star big man, with the Dallas Mavericks and, to a lesser extent, the Los Angeles Lakers, being among the many teams potentially linked to being interested in him.
Zach Lowe of ESPN reported in April that New Orleans, which was once said to be set to offer Cousins a five-year maximum-salary deal, is now looking at possibly offering Cousins a shorter-term, less-expensive deal because of his uncertain future that comes with an Achilles injury.
Cousins released a video Saturday that shows him going through various workouts, included several clips of him shooting jumpers in a gym.
— DeMarcus Cousins (@boogiecousins) June 23, 2018
The Pelicans are also facing point guard Rajon Rondo becoming an unrestricted free agent come July 1. Demps told Guillory he would prefer to bring both him and Cousins back “in a perfect world,” though it’s not clear what will go down once free agency commences.
“It is free agency. At the appropriate time, we’ll sit down with them and hopefully we can get those guys back,” Demps said. “We want to keep moving forward. Both of those guys were big parts of our success.”
Demps said keeping the core of the team that went 48-34 last season and swept third-seeded Portland in the first round of the playoffs together is the Pelicans’ hope.
“We feel good about our core, we feel good about how we finished, but we’re not satisfied,” Demps said. “We also want to take another step. I think bringing back our core guys — the continuity is going to be very important for us.”