Cousins expects to finish season with Pelicans

Despite his impending free agency and the New Orleans Pelicans’ up-and-down season, center DeMarcus Cousins believes he will still be with the team after the Feb. 8 trade deadline.

“I am confident in my team,” Cousins told The Undefeated. “I am starting to understand this business a lot more than I did before. You can kind of tell when things are about to come about. We’re a very competitive team. A talented team. I don’t think that will be the case at all.”

Cousins was traded to the Pelicans from the Sacramento Kings last February. He will undoubtedly again be a hot commodity once trade talks start to heat up.

According to Cousins, fellow Pelicans star/big man Anthony Davis has been bringing up the fact Cousins can leave the team at the end of the season. And the Pelicans, of course, would not receive anything in return if Cousins decided to sign elsewhere.

“A.D. hits me with little jabs about free agency all the time, but he also understands,” Cousins said. “It was Jrue (Holiday) in that situation last [offseason], and we understood his situation. Of course, they throw their little jabs. They throw their little jokes. But they are serious at the same time. They are respectful about it at the same time.”

The Pelicans can re-sign Cousins to a larger contract than he can receive from another team.

“They have been great about it,” Cousins said of his teammates. “It’s never been like a pressure thing. But I know where their heart is and they know where mine is. We have a great understanding.”