Davis ‘pretty confident’ Cousins will re-sign with Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has been on an absolute tear since teammate DeMarcus Cousins went down with a season-ending Achilles injury on Jan. 26 against the Houston Rockets.

Entering Wednesday (3/7), the Pelicans have played 15 games without Cousins and have a record of 10-5, with Davis leading the way while putting up video game numbers and vaulting himself into the MVP conversation.

Davis is averaging 33.1 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks since Cousins was lost for the season — guiding New Orleans to a nine-game winning streak and putting the franchise in the top four in the rugged Western Conference.

The main topic surrounding the Pelicans, however, is not their ongoing playoff run, but the impending free agency of Cousins this summer. New York Times reporter Marc Stein caught up with Davis this past Sunday and asked the Chicago native if he thinks the Pelicans will succeed in re-signing Cousins.

“I hope so,” Davis said. “That’s a decision he has to make. I’m pretty confident that he’ll stay. From what I hear, he plans on it. But I’m going to keep selling the dream here. I’ll be very involved. I want him here.”

Despite suffering the Achilles injury, Cousins is still expected to command max money in free agency.