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When Anthony Davis heard DeMarcus Cousins was signing with the Golden State Warriors, the superstar big man was shocked by the news, but knew Cousins was making the best decision for his career and family.
Cousins signed a one-year, $5.3 million free-agent deal with the Warriors. The All-Star turned down an extension from the Pelicans before the season ended and didn’t receive any offers when free agency started.
In an interview with Complex magazine, Davis says he’s happy for Cousins, but that Boogie is now the enemy.
“I mean, I’m happy for him,” Davis said. “He did what he did. He chose the right team for his career right now with his injury, I’m assuming. I wish the best of luck to him and we’ll see him three maybe four times this year, and try to beat him. Now he’s the enemy. Anybody who’s not on the Pelicans is an enemy to me. He went from a teammate to an enemy.”
Without Cousins, Davis and the Pelicans swept the Portland Trail Blazers in the first-round of the playoffs. New Orleans played faster on offense and its defense improved tremendously.
Before getting injured, Cousins was averaging 25.2 points and 12.9 rebounds in 48 games while shooting 47.0 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from three with the Pelicans.
Davis heavily recruited Julius Randle to New Orleans after the Los Angeles Lakers renounced Randle’s free-agent rights. Randle agreed to a two-year, $18 million deal with the Pelicans. The contract has a second-year player option.