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Just like the rest of us, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis was shocked when he heard DeMarcus Cousins was signing with the Golden State Warriors on a one-year deal worth $5.3 million.
Davis joined Bill Reiter on CBS Sports HQ Wednesday and said he heard about the move on TV.
“Of course I was a little shocked,” Davis said. “But I know DeMarcus and he made the best decision for him and his career at that time and for his family. I understand it’s a business, of course I definitely would have loved to keep going, but at that point I’m not sure what was going on with his situation or what was going through his head. It’s a lot, coming from being traded and then feeling like you deserve a max contract and then you rupture your Achilles. It’s tough.”
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. The All-Star was well on his way to signing a max contract with New Orleans.
The injury, however, changed everything for Cousins.
The big man turned down an extension from the Pelicans before the season ended and didn’t receive any offers when free agency started. So, Cousins decided to give the Warriors a call.
Golden State was shocked when Cousins contacted them expressing interest in joining their already stacked roster. The Warriors’ recruitment of Cousins was led by forward Draymond Green, along with general manager Bob Myers and head coach Steve Kerr.
Davis began to recruit 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.