Woj: Cousins ‘very likely’ to re-sign with Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins is a unrestricted free agent this summer and “very likely” to re-sign with the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.

Cousins tore his left Achilles’ tendon in January, an injury considered by many to be the most difficult from which to return. The Pelicans have internally discussed offering Cousins a shorter-team deal for less than the full max, according to a report from ESPN.

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.

Cousins says his goal is to be ready for the start of training camp in September.

“Oh yeah, for sure,” Cousins told ESPN back in May if he wants to return to New Orleans. “This is my first time in free agency, but I’ve been around this business long enough. I know how things work. I’m not out here trying to hold a grudge or anything like that. I’m going to make the best decision for me, and I believe teams are going to do the same thing.

“I know for a fact my teammates want me back there, but you know it’s a business. The people in the front office are going to make the best decision for the team or whatever they feel is the best decision. You know, we’ll see what happens. I honestly can’t answer that question, I haven’t spoken to the front office in a while, so we’ll see what happens.

“I’m looking forward to starting the season. That’s my own personal goal, so we’ll see what happens. That’s what I’m working on. The doctors haven’t really given me an answer because of the time I injured myself and the amount of time that I have. It’s basically open field because I have so much time. But for me, I’m shooting to be ready for training camp.”